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Monday, 19 February 2018 11:44

Appalachian State Wrestling Wins SoCon Title

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Returning to Charleston's McAlister Field House next month for the Southern Conference tournament, Appalachian State's wrestling team secured an outright championship at the same site Sunday afternoon.

The Mountaineers wrapped up their third straight SoCon title and a second straight unbeaten run through the league with a 45-6 victory at The Citadel.

Wins by Randall Diabe, Angel Najar, Cary Miller, Gavin Londoff, Laken Cook, Alan Clothier, Codi Russell, De'Andre Swinson-Barr and Joe Accousti were part of a coastal coronation for coach JohnMark Bentley's team, which ended the regular season at 7-0 in the conference and 9-4 overall.

Eight of App State's nine wins against the Bulldogs (1-12, 0-7) involved bonus points, as Swinson-Barr (125 pounds) and Cook (165) recorded pins. Russell (133) won by forfeit, and Najar's match at 157 ended with a medical forfeit, while Accousti (174) and Clothier (184) had back-to-back technical falls. Londoff (149) and Miller (heavyweight) won with major decisions. Diabe (197) pulled out a 3-2 decision against Sawyer Root.

With three freshmen and three sophomores in its customary lineup, App State posted its 10th regular-season SoCon championship (dating back to 1994) and three-peated for the second time. The Mountaineers also won three consecutive titles in 1997, 1998 and 1999.

Diabe (7-0 at 197 pounds), senior Forrest Przybysz (5-0 at 174) and Najar (5-0 at 157) went unbeaten in SoCon dual meets. Clothier (184), Miller (heavyweight), Londoff (149) and Russell (133) finished with 6-1 records.

Diabe and Irvin Enriquez (141 pounds) were the only returning starters who wrestled at the same weight during the 7-0 run to a SoCon title last year. Przybysz and Londoff were also back in the lineup, but at different weights, and the Mountaineers' 3-3 start to a new-look season included losses to three teams that have been ranked: fifth-ranked ACC champion NC State, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

App State capped the regular season with six wins in its last seven dual meets, including the close road victories in lively atmospheres at Campbell and Chattanooga. The Mountaineers were ahead 15-12 in Buies Creek before Londoff claimed a 5-4 decision in the final match, and they trailed 16-12 in Chattanooga before Diabe upset highly ranked Scottie Boykin by a 3-2 score and Miller clinched the victory with a 7-5 decision. That comeback set the stage for a championship-crowning win at The Citadel.

The Mountaineers return to action at the SoCon tournament on March 3 at McAlister Field House.

App State 45, The Citadel 6

125: De'Andre Swinson-Barr (APP) def. Will Jacobs (CIT), fall, 2:13 (6-0)
133: Codi Russell (APP) won by forfeit (12-0)
141: Doug Gudenburr (CIT) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), fall, 3:31 (12-6)
149: Gavin Londoff (APP) def. Ethan Phillips (CIT), 15-4 maj. dec. (16-6)
157: Angel Najar (APP) won by medical forfeit (22-6)
165: Laken Cook (APP) def. Houston Curtis (CIT), fall, 3:00 (28-6)
174: Joe Accousti (APP) def. Michael Mewhorter (CIT), 20-5 tech. fall (33-6)
184: Alan Clothier (APP) def. Michael Lopouchanski (CIT), 17-1 tech fall (38-6)
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Sawyer Root (CIT), 3-2 dec. (41-6)
HWT: Cary Miller (APP) vs. Michael McAleavey (CIT), 10-2 maj. dec. (45-6)

Monday, 19 February 2018 11:40

App State Softball Downs Holy Cross, Alabama State

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Appalachian State softball took home two wins on Saturday, Feb. 17 against Holy Cross and Alabama State. App State is now 3-5 on the season and 2-2 this weekend in the Black & Gold Tournament hosted by Alabama State.

Game One vs. Holy Cross (W, 5-4)

App State did not give up after being down 4-1 through six innings against Holy Cross. Callie Kuykendall started and allowed Holy Cross’s four runs before Katie Williford pitched the remainder of the game. Williford gave up two walks and five hits in 28 at bats.

In the first inning, Keri White singled. Her aggressive base running allowed her to advance to second base on the throw. White stole third base before Alisha Josey brought her across the plate for the first run of the game with a single to shortstop.

Holy Cross scored all of their runs in the bottom of the first inning to answer back to the Mountaineers. App State scored one run in the third and fourth inning, bringing the score to 3-4. In the third, Megan Walker singled to center field for an RBI. In the fourth, Ally Walters and White each had a single. Sidney Russell advanced Walters to third base. On a first and third play, Walters scored on the throw for the App’s third run of the game.

It wasn’t until the top of the seventh that App State regained the lead, the first time since the top of the first inning. Jenny Dodd had a pinch-hit single through the left side. Walker hit another single for an RBI to tie up the game at 4-4. Baylee Morton came up big to bring home the winning run with a single to center field. The Crusaders came up short in the bottom of the seventh, and the Mountaineers won the game 5-4.

White went 3-3 with a walk against the Crusaders. Walker went 2-4 with 2 RBIs. Two pinch hitters stepped up against Holy Cross – Jenny Dodd and Kayla Fredendall, each 1-1.


Game Two vs. Alabama State (W, 6-1)

In App State’s second game against Alabama State this weekend, the Mountaineers’ offense shut down the Hornets. Kenzie Longanecker pitched the full seven innings, allowing five hits and one run for Alabama State. Longanecker had four strikeouts.

Keri White started the game off with a bunt for a hit before Sidney Russell singled to left field. After White and Russell each stole a base, Jenny Dodd drew a walk to load the bases. Haley Stewart drove in the first run of the game with a fielder’s choice. Before the third out, App State scored another run to bring the score to 2-0 after the top.

The Apps scored two again in the third inning after Russell reached on an error, Dodd singled, Stewart singled, and all advanced on a throw. With the bases loaded, Ally Walters walked to bring in the second run.

Back-to-back walks to start the top of the sixth inning led to Laura Sales’ at bat. Sales advanced to second base on an error by the first baseman while White advanced to third Wheatley scored. Dodd and Stewart each had a walk, Stewart for an RBI. A fly out and two strikeouts ended the inning for the Mountaineers after putting up two more runs.

Dodd was the only Mountaineer to have a multi-hit game, going 2-2 with 2 walks against the Hornets. Stewart accounted for three runs for the Mountaineers with her three RBIs in game two of the day.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (14-13, 8-11) suffered a 73-65 loss to Tusculum (16-7, 11-6) Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Arena in a South Atlantic Conference game.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) led all scorers with 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting despite the loss.

Senior guard Cassidy Joyner (Dobson, N.C.) added 14 points and junior guard Kendell Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) had a line consisting of 13 points, seven assists and seven steals for the Bears, who were swept in the season series to the Pioneers.

Tusculum took control in the fourth period – outscoring Lenoir-Rhyne by a 28-17 margin – and was led by Sydney Wilson (Greensboro, N.C.) and Mia Long (Ann Arbor, Mich.). Wilson finished with 19 points and Long had a double-double – 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Toineeta continues to lead the league in assists with 139.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Queens for Senior Day on Wednesday beginning at 6:00 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference game.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Basketball Team (11-14, 9-10) picked up a much-needed 82-79 South Atlantic Conference road victory over Tusculum (6-19, 4-14) Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Arena.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Djibril Diallo (Conakry, GUINEA) led the way with a game-high 22 points in addition to seven assists and seven rebounds while junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) came off the bench to score 19 points in the victory.

The Pioneers lost despite hitting 11 treys and putting four players in double figures. Donovan Donaldson (Nashville, Tenn.) scored a team-high 16 points for Tusculum.

LR redshirt freshman guard Darius Simmons (Raleigh, N.C.) – who scored 10 points – gave the Bears the lead for good with a trey at the 4:02 mark to break a 69-all tie.

The Bears swept the season series from the Pioneers.

Diallo continues his impressive play of late and is now leading the squad in scoring (15.4), assists (106), free throw percentage (.796) and steals (38).

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) – with 12 points on the day – now has 1,087 career points (43rd on the school’s all-time list). Lucas also has 217 treys for his career.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on second-ranked Queens in a South Atlantic Conference game for Senior Day on Wednesday at 8pm.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (8-2) kept its offense in full throttle with a 23-3 win over Goldey-Beacom (0-1) Saturday afternoon at Bears Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore shortstop Corbin Watson (Eden, N.C.) hit a three-run home run while redshirt freshman second baseman Brock Johnson (Granite Falls, N.C.) added three hits and five runs batted in to lead the Bears’ 22-hit attack.

The Bears took control early, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first frame and leading by a 9-1 score after three innings of work.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Connor Dailey (Rutherfordton, N.C.) (1-0) earned the win in middle relief for the Bears.

For Goldey-Beacom, Raul Perez-Duran (Trenton, N.J.) drove in a pair of runs while Jake Kinsell (Carmichaels, Pa.) suffered the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.) drove in three runs for the second straight game while the Bears’ 23 runs and 22 hits were season-highs.

The Lightning was playing its first game of the 2018 campaign.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (3-0), ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division II, rallied from a four-goal deficit to pull off an improbable double overtime win over No. 9 Seton Hill (1-1), 14-13, Saturday afternoon in a battle of two of the best teams in the country at Moretz Stadium.

LR junior All-American long stick middle Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.) scored the game-winner 43 seconds into the second overtime off an assist from senior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.), who finished with three goals and a pair of assists.

Lenoir-Rhyne – which trailed by an 8-4 score midway through the second period – also received four goals and two assists from junior attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.). Buduo also scored with 35 seconds remaining in the final period to force overtime.

Seton Hill, which held a 45-41 advantage in shots taken, was led by Zach Rusch (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and John Miller (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) with three goals each.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) came up big for the home team, totaling a career-high 19 saves. Seton Hill’s Max Eismann (Rochester, N.Y.) suffered the loss in goal despite 11 stops on the afternoon.

Lenoir-Rhyne defeated a highly-ranked team for the second straight week. Last Saturday, the Bears downed previously top-ranked and the defending national champion Saints of Limestone by a 17-13 score on the road.

The Bears are 26-4 in their last 30 contests dating back to the start of the 2016 season.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to the field on Monday to take on Molloy beginning at 1:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.

Monday, 19 February 2018 11:14

CVCC Women's Basketball Defeat Wake Tech

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The 17th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team kept its winning streak in tact on Saturday, knocking off host Wake Tech, 83-66.


Shaniya Lester scored 20 points to lead the Red Hawks (19-4, 14-1 in Region X), who won their eighth-straight contest this season.


Three other Catawba Valley basketball players also reached double figures in scoring, including Zharia Brown with 16 points and Tory Agrusa and Tanisha Wall with 13 points each.


Wake Tech, which drops to 10-12 overall and 6-11 in Region X play, was led by Myrayna Watkins’ 20 points.


The Red Hawks pulled ahead of the Eagles 40-29 at halftime behind seven points from Lester and six points from Brown.


Free throw shooting was critical for Catawba Valley down the stretch, and the Red Hawks made 14 of their 18 attempts from the line to maintain their advantage on their way to the Region X win.


It’s a short break for the CVCC women’s basketball team, which returns to action on Sunday for a road conference contest against Lenoir Community College in Lenoir, N.C. Tip off is slated for 2 p.m.

In the state individual wrestling championships this weekend, in the 2A class, Hayden Wike of Hibriten won the championship in the 160 pound class, and Fred T. Foard's Landon Foor won in the 170 pound class, and Allen Pyatte won in the 182 pound class. Foard won the team competition.

In the 3A class, Freedom's Spencer Leonhardt won in the 145 pound class, and Alexander Central's Isaac Chapman won in the 285 pound class.

Monday, 19 February 2018 11:01

CVCC Men's Basketball Drops Home Finale

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The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team suffered a 92-66 loss to conference leader Louisburg in its home final on Saturday at the Tarlton Complex.


Freshman Marcus Talley paced the Red Hawks (10-16, 5-12 in Region X) with a career-high 18 points in the contest, including four made 3-pointers.


Before the game, the Red Hawks honored their four sophomore men’s basketball players — guards Caleb Bryson, Dante Starr and Myles Williams and forward Steve Ruszala — who were playing the final home game of their Catawba Valley careers.


The visitors proved to be spoilers on this special day for CVCC, and paced by 12 points from Armoni Lee, the Hurricanes (23-4, 16-2 in Region X) pulled ahead 52-28 at halftime.


Louisburg led by as many as 20 points in Saturday’s conference game, but Catawba Valley was able to reduce that deficit to as little as 13 points thanks in large part to 10 second-half points from Talley.


However, the Hurricanes would hold a 40-39 edge in scoring during the half to pull away for the 26-point conference win.


Isayah Johnson added 11 points for the Red Hawks, and Tyrell Oglesby also reached double figures in scoring for CVCC with 10 points.


Jordan Oakley scored a game-high 20 points for Louisburg, while Lewis Freeman and Armoni Lee finished with 16 and 15 points, respectively.


The CVCC men’s basketball team closes out its regular season with three-straight road games starting Wednesday at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Va. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Appalachian State men's basketball team limited Troy to just 27.6 percent shooting in a 65-54 victory on Saturday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.

The Trojans (13-14, 7-8 SBC) went just 16-of-58 from the field and 4-of-26 (15.4 percent) on three-pointers. Both percentages marked season lows for Troy. In the first half, the Trojans went 9-of-30 (30.0 percent) from the field and 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) from deep. The Mountaineers (12-16, 7-8 SBC) continued to contest every shot in the second half and held Troy to just 25.0 percent (7-of-28) shooting and a 13.3 percent (2-of-15) mark from beyond the arc.

App State opened the game strong, scoring the first 13 points in the first three and a half minutes to build an early advantage.

After Troy would trim the Black and Gold lead to five points, the Apps countered with the next seven points to push their lead back to 12 points at 24-12 with 10:22 left in the opening stanza.

App State held the lead for the remainder of the half and took a 34-27 edge into the break.

Just like the first half, the Black and Gold had a strong opening to the second half, building a 49-29 lead thanks a 15-3 run over the first eight minutes.

Troy would battle back and used an 8-0 run to pull within 14 points at 55-41, with just over seven minutes to play.

The Trojans would continue to chip away at the Mountaineer lead and pulled to within eight points on a three-pointer from Troy's Jordon Varnado with 1:26 to play. App State would get a free throw from junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) to push the lead back to nine points at 61-52 with 1:13 remaining.

Following a Troy missed three, the Black and Gold would turn the ball over and Darian Adams converted on a layup with 43 seconds left to bring the Trojans within seven.

Sophomore O'Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy) was then fouled and drained a pair of free throws to make the score 63-54 with 36 seconds to play.

App State would force a tough three that was no good. Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) pulled down the rebound and sophomore Justin Forrest(Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) was fouled. He would hit both free throws to make the score 65-54 and put the game away.

Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) finished with a team-high 15 points and three assists. Senior Griffin Kinney (Delware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) added 12 points on 6-of-8 (75.0 percent) shooting and eight rebounds.

Forrest had 10 points and seven rebounds, while Isaac Johnson finished with eight points and 11 rebounds. It marked the second straight game and 11th time this season Isaac Johnson had had 10 or more rebounds in a game.

Varnado paced the Trojans with game-highs of 30 points and 13 rebounds.

App State also dominated the points in the paint battle, outscoring Troy 38-18.

The Mountaineers will be back at it on Thursday for the first of two road games in Arkansas. App State will take on Arkansas State on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. EST and then play at Little Rock on February 24 at 6 p.m. EST.

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