The NCHSAA Wrestling Championships concluded on Saturday:
2A 126 – Championship Finals
1st Place Match - Nathan Oakley (Providence Grove, 48-5) won by decision over Noah Gilbert (East Burke, 49-2) (Dec 8-4)
2A 132 – Championship Finals
1st Place Match - Quincy Monday (Carrboro, 31-1) won by major decision over Schuyler Spurrier (Maiden, 37-4) (MD 14-4)
2A 170 – Championship Finals
1st Place Match - Chase Emory (Chase, 56-6) won by decision over Andy Henze (Newton-Conover, 48-11) (Dec 7-2)
2A 220 – Championship Finals
1st Place Match - Shykale Steptoe (West Caldwell, 41-6) won by decision over Kaleb Dunn (Surry Central, 33-1) (Dec 2-1)
3A 106 – Championship Finals
1st Place Match - Clay Beach (Freedom, 27-9) won by decision over Nick Butler (Swansboro, 39-4) (Dec 6-2)
3A 126 – Championship Finals
1st Place Match - Tyler Gregor (Hickory Ridge, 36-1) won by fall over Nick Kaufmann (Fred T. Foard, 44-7) (Fall 1:00)
3A 138 – Championship Finals
1st Place Match - Blaine Mainz (Jacksonville, 37-0) won by decision over Spencer Leonhardt (Freedom, 54-3) (Dec 7-3)
3A 160 – Championship Finals
1st Place Match - Hayden Wyke (Hibriten, 31-0) won by decision over Parker Holcomb (Union Pines, 23-4) (Dec 9-2)
4A 152 – Championship Finals
1st Place Match - Keon Muckelvene (West Forsyth, 58-0) won by fall over Ethan Lewis (Alexander Central, 46-3) (Fall 2:43)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (1-1), ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division II, won its first game of the 2017 campaign with a 14-12 victory over 20th-ranked Rollins (2-1) Saturday evening at Optimist Field at Daffin Park.
Three players scored three goals for the Bears – sophomore attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.), senior attacker Will Remsen (Baldwin, N.Y.) and freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) – and Lenoir-Rhyne broke a nine-all tie with five straight goals beginning late in the third period and were able to hold on for the win.
Rollins was led by Jack Vonarb (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) with three goals in the losing effort.
Senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) scored the game-winner with 1:47 left in the third period and finished with two scores on the night for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne's goalkeepers totaled 20 saves on the night while junior Damon Cummins (Lancaster, Pa.) (1-0) earned the win after stopping 19 shots. Rollins' Jake Hogan (Westwood, Mass.) made 10 saves but suffered the loss. The Tars also lost despite holding a 60-35 edge in shots taken.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday, February 25, at Noon.
Shooting woes plagued Appalachian State University women's basketball (10-15, 5-10 SBC) in a 54-41 setback to South Alabama (9-16, 4-10 SBC) on Saturday evening in the Mitchell Center.
App shot just 20.9 percent from the floor and hit just one 3-pointer against the Jaguars. South Alabama shot 35.7 percent from the field and outscored App 12-3 from 3-point range.
The Mountaineers held a 32-27 lead going into the fourth quarter, but South Alabama shot 69.2 percent in the final period en route to outscoring the Black and Gold by 18.
Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) notched her fifth double-double of the season with 10 points and tied a game-high with 12 boards. The junior wing has registered five double-doubles in the past nine games. Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) also grabbed 12 off the glass, tying her career best and chipped in with seven points.
Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) and Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) both scored nine while Jones brought down six rebounds and dished out four assists.
App State had the start it wanted with a 16-10 lead in the opening period, shooting 50 percent in the opening period while limiting the hosts to a 23.5 percent clip. App sprinted to a 9-2 lead in the first 3:42 of the game with four different Mountaineers scoring, resulting in the six-point edge.
App continued to stay in front in the second quarter, as it went into the break with a 21-20 advantage going into the half. The Mountaineers went up by as much as five with 6:12 left in the period thanks to a pair of free throws from Carter, but USA sliced the deficit to one at the end of the half after a Candice Williams trifecta.
In the third quarter, App took a 27-20 lead in the first 4:20 with a 6-0 spurt. Jones found Bassett-Smith for a layup followed by back-to-back buckets from Story and Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason).
However, the Jaguars wouldn't go away keeping the lead to five points at the end of the period, 32-27. USA started the quarter on an 11-2 run to take a 38-34 lead and didn't look back.
App had its opportunities with 64 shot attempts and 22 offensive rebounds, which only led to eight second-chance points. App also struggled from the free throw line going 12-for-24.
With the final three games at home, the Apps will look to ride into the Sun Belt Tournament on a high note and aim to be playing their best ball at the end of the season.
Colby Davis scored a game-high 17 points to lead three Jaguars in double-figures. Davis shot 7-for-12 from the floor while Chyna Ellis and Genesis Perrymond scored 12 and 10, respectively.
The Mountaineers will host Louisiana on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Holmes Center on ESPN3.
- With a team-high four helpers, Jones is now 10th all-time in assists with 275 and counting, passing Whitney Tossie (2004-07).
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (10-1) split a doubleheader with West Virginia Tech (3-6) Saturday afternoon at Bears Field. The Golden Bears won the first game by a 9-5 score while the Bears took the second contest, 17-4, to salvage the split.
Game One – West Virginia Tech 9, Lenoir-Rhyne 5
The Golden Bears' Jacob Reimold (Greenville, Pa.) hit a two-run home run and finished with three runs batted in as West Virginia Tech handed Lenoir-Rhyne its first loss of the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite run-scoring triples from sophomore outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) and junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.).
On the mound, the Golden Bears' Jerod Jobst (Dunbar, W.Va.) (1-0) was credited with the win in relief while junior outfielder Austin Hancock (Defiance, Ohio) (0-1) was tagged with the loss for the Bears.
Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 17, West Virginia Tech 4 (seven innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne junior third baseman Fred Wadsworth (Columbia, S.C.) hit a pair of three-run home runs and finished with six runs batted in as the Bears were able to salvage the split with West Virginia Tech.
Trailing by a 3-2 score, the Bears put the contest away with an eight-run second inning including the game-winning two-run home run from sophomore catcher Zack Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.).
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Hunter Martin (Stanfield, N.C.) improved to 3-0 on the year after pitching into the fifth inning and striking out seven batters while West Virginia Tech's Jayson Sykora (Spencer, Ohio) fell to 0-2 on the season.
Appalachian State University softball split the day falling 1-0 to UMBC in the morning and silencing Howard 11-0 in the afternoon at the Aggie Invitational in Greensboro on Saturday.
“Our pitchers threw really well again today,” said head coach Janice Savage. “We are starting to get some really consistent outings out of them, which is exciting. I think offensively we still have to get a little more consistent with our bats. We have a really hot game and have 12 to 18 hits, and then in the next game, we are kind of flat. So we just have to figure ourselves out offensively and stop rollercoaster riding and stay straight through.”
Appalachian improved to 3-4 on Saturday after going 1-1 in Greensboro. For the day, 11 Mountaineers made connections with the ball, and four ladies recorded multiple hits including Alisha Josey (Garner, N.C./ Garner) (2-for-6), Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C. /West Forsyth) (2-for-6), Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail) (3-for-4) and Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) (2-for-4). Also , seven ladies pounded out RBI, and Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) blasted out her second homer of the season.
Appalachian’s pitching staff turned in two great performances that included seven hits, one earned run and 19 total strikeouts. Ten of those strikeouts came from Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) (career-high) in the first game.
Game One: UMBC 1, App State 0
The first four innings of the ballgame were dormant with each team smacking out one hit a piece. Then at the top of the fifth, UMBC smashed a triple down left center which set the runner up to score off of Longanecker’s wild pitch.
App was ready to tie up the score and eventually take the advantage in the bottom of the fifth when Parker reached first base due to a hit by pitch and White singled to the shortstop. Up next was Mathewson who pinched for Megan Walker (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek) and fired out a single to load all the bases. App was in position to tie up the game, but Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) couldn’t find the right pitch to bat a runner in and popped out at right field.
After Longanecker had tossed out three strikeouts in the top of the sixth and seventh, App was eager to build off of her momentum and challenge UMBC’s lead. After two quick outs in the bottom of the seventh, Taylor Rivenburgh (Rocky Point, N.C./Heide Trask) pinched in to hit, but couldn’t find the right swing and the Retrievers took the ballgame 1-0
Longanecker (2-2) had an outstanding 3.1 innings firing out a career-high ten strikeouts with one earned run and one walk. In the starting position was Vanessa Ciocatto ( La Habra, Calif./La Habra (Delaware State)) who pitched for 3.2 innings.
Game Two: App State 11, Howard 0 (5)
Appalachian hit the ground rolling, scoring one run in the first and tagging on two more in the second to take the early 3-0.
In the top of the third, App added four more to the board with Stewart smashing a double to right center for a RBI, Parker bombing one over the left center fence for 2 RBI and White jetting home on a passed ball.
After App’s defense had neutralized The Bison’s offense for a third-straight time, the Black and Gold racked up three more runs in the top of the fourth. A. Josey started App off with a single to right field, and Dodd accompanied that with a RBI double. H. Josey kept the momentum flowing swatting out a single RBI to stretch Apps’ lead to 5-0, and Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla./University) continued the scoring stream when she sprinted home on a passed ball to give App State the ten run lead.
After Russell had produced a great double play for outs two and three in the bottom of the fourth, the Black and Gold knew a victory was near. Then in the bottom of the fifth, Rivenburgh would answer the final call when she sent out a missile to right center for a RBI single to solidify the shutout 11-0.
Ciocatto (1-2) grabbed her second start of the day dishing out six strikeouts in 3.0 innings. In relief was Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) and Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) who both pitched an inning a piece and collectively hurled out six strikeouts.
The Black and Gold will finish up action at the Aggie Invitational tomorrow, Feb. 19, when they play Valparaiso at 11 a.m. and UMBC at 1 p.m.
Appalachian State University women’s tennis (3-6) fell to Wake Forest (9-2) on Saturday, 6-1, at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem.
Sophomore Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia / Miami Gold Coast) recorded her third straight singles win as she notched a 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (10-4) victory over the Demon Deacons' Alexis Franco in the No. 6 singles match.
Wake Forest took all three doubles matches, as Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C. / Weddington) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C. / Hoggard) fell to Emma Davis and Chandler Carter, 6-1, at the No. 1 spot. At the No. 2, Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C. / Lake Norman) and Gabrielle Wreder (Maimi, Fla. / Miami Killian) were defeated by Samantha Asch and Joanna Zalewski, 6-1.
Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla. / Felix Varela) and Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla. / Cypress Lake) were also downed 6-1 by Courtney Meredith and Alexis Franco.
Swope played in the No. 1 slot for the first time this season but felt to Davis, 6-1, 6-2. At the No. 2, Morse was defeated by Zalewski, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 3 singles featured Machado, who fell to Asch, 6-0, 6-1, and Wreder fell to Luisa Fernandez in the No. 4 slot, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5).
Mullen was defeated in the No. 5 singles match by Meredith, 6-3, 6-3.
The Apps look to rebound against North Carolina on Tuesday in Chapel Hill. The first serve is set for 1:30 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (10-15, 9-11) suffered an 88-78 loss to Anderson (13-13, 11-9) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Anderson’s Randall Shaw (Greenville, S.C.), the league’s top scorer, finished with a game-high 26 points while Maurice Howard (Saluda, S.C.) added 17 points and hit 10-of-12 free throw attempts in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which suffered its sixth loss in its last seven games, was led by senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) with 22 points in defeat.
Anderson pulled away in the second half by shooting 65 percent (15-of-23) from the field in picking up its third straight victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) added 17 points and six boards but the Bears hit just nine-of-29 three-point attempts on the day.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Queens, ranked No. 10 in NCAA Division II, for Senior Night on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.
The Anderson Women’s Basketball Team (19-5, 16-4) kept its slim hopes alive for a third straight league championship after escaping Lenoir-Rhyne (15-11, 11-9), 77-76, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Anderson’s Heather Jankowy (Walhalla, S.C.) and Madison Baggett (Huntsville, Ala.) each scored 22 points while Jankowy hit six of the Trojans’ 12 three-pointers in the victory and the season sweep over the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior forward Brooke Robinson, a Fred T. Foard grad, with a career-high 21 points while senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) added a double-double – 17 points and 11 rebounds – in the setback.
The Trojans’ Alexy Mollenhauer (Lindale, Texas) hit the game-winning free throws with two seconds left as Anderson remained in sole possession of third place in the conference standings.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) added 16 points and the Bears shot 50 percent (29-of-58) from the field despite the loss. The Bears also suffered their third straight setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Queens for Senior Night on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University baseball battled through five tough scoreless innings as each pitcher worked the zone, but ultimately fell 3-1 to George Mason on Saturday morning at Brooks Field.
The Mountaineers (0-2) began the day with sophomore Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) on the mound. The portsider went 5.2 innings and allowed just five hits through five innings and seven hits overall. He finished just three strikeouts shy of his career-high nine.
Providing relief in the sixth inning was junior Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood). Despite inheriting two runners, Howell didn’t allow a run in the sixth and would finish the game with 2.1 innings pitched, just two hits allowed and two punchouts with one run allowed in the eighth.
Appalachian broke the scoreless streak first in the top of the sixth when junior Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) ripped one down the left-field line for a stand-up double. Junior catcher Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) then shot one right over the infield to center field to bring Leonard all the way around for the Black and Gold’s lone run.
The Patriots (1-1) ended up scoring their three runs in the sixth and eighth. In the sixth, Tyler Nelin doubled to left center bringing around Logan Driscoll and Michael Smith before Brady Acker singled to deep left field and scored Alejandro Aponte home.
Halfway through the Hughes Bros. Challenge in Wilmington, N.C., the Mountaineers continue this afternoon at 6 p.m. when they play VMI for the second time of the weekend at Brooks Field.
Appalachian State University head men’s soccer coach Jason O’Keefe officially announced the addition of nine student-athletes for the 2017 season on Tuesday.
The class features three forwards, three defenders, two midfielders and a goalkeeper. Of the nine newcomers, seven of them hail from North Carolina with one from Florida and one from Bermuda.
“We are extremely excited to announce this group of young men which will join us in the fall here in Boone, N.C.,” O’Keefe said. “All of these guys are great student-athletes with a proven track record of winning in the classroom and on the soccer field. They will help add to our depth, bring versatility to our lineup and ultimately will have great opportunity to contribute right away. We will also be adding to this list in the upcoming months which will only strengthen the class and our program for the next four years.”
2017 APPALACHIAN STATE MEN’S SOCCER SIGNEES
Name - Pos. - Ht. - Hometown/High School (Previous College)
Jack Butterfield - GK - 6-3 - Chapel Hill, N.C./CE Jordan
Roman Galaska - F - 6-3 - Greenville, N.C./J.H. Rose
Brady Gunter - D - 6-1 - Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth
Zeiko Harris - D - 6-4 - Sandys Paris, Bermuda/South Kent
Juan Hernandez - F - 6-0 - Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange
Reed Hunnicutt - F - 5-8 - Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg
Justin Pruitt - MF - 5-10 - Matthews, N.C./Weddington
Yoni Spencer - D - 5-11 - Charlotte, N.C./Providence
Parker Washburn - MF - 5-8 - Cary, N.C./Guerin Catholic
JACK BUTTERFIELD (6-3, Goalkeeper, Chapel Hill, N.C./CE Jordan)
Rated a three-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer ... named a top 50 recruit in the Southeast by TopDrawerSoccer ... played for the Capital Area RailHawks Academy under John Bradford and U.S. Soccer Development Academy ... was chosen as starting goalkeeper for RailHawks four-straight years ... team ranked in top 15 nationally each year ... qualified and played in USSDA playoffs each year ... trained in Brazil and played against Brazilian club teams ... tied for lowest goals-against average in Southeast Division of USSDA in 2015 ... full name is William Jackson Butterfield ... son of Kevin Butterfield ... born Jan. 25, 1999 ... has three siblings: Carrie, Kate and Will ... major is undecided ... father, Kevin, lettered in baseball at Kalamazoo College.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Jack has been developed in one of the best environments in the nation under the GK teaching of Nathan Thackeray at the Capital Area Railhawks Academy. He has great size, shot stopping ability and is a competitor that is used to winning. We look forward to watching Jack’s development over the next four years.”
ROMAN GALASKA (6-3, Forward, Greenville, N.C./J.H. Rose)
Named all-conference and all-Region his sophomore, junior and senior years ... earned the “Will to Win” award his junior year ... awarded Conference Player of the Year his junior year and named MVP his senior year ... exploded in his junior year, scoring 34 goals and assisting on 11 more after having just six goals and five assists his sophomore year ... scored 20 goals and had six assists his senior year ... full name is Roman Wolfe Galaska ... son of Tommi and Jeff Galaska ... born March 1, 1999 ... has two siblings: Ryker (14) and Rhettec (11) ... intends to major in nursing and minor in biology ... plans to become a CRNA after graduation ... enjoys playing a variety of sports and hanging with friends in his spare time ... father, Jeff, played football at Duke for four years ... uncle, Richard Wheeler, played football at NC State for four years.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Roman is a tremendous athlete that made a great impression at our summer camp. He is big, strong and can score goals in a variety of ways. We are excited to get him here and start working with him as he is hungry and very coachable. These characteristics will set him up to have success here at App State over the next four years.”
BRADY GUNTER (6-1, Defender, Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth)
Lettered one year at East Forsyth High School ... played for North Carolina Fusion USSFA under Andrew Butler from 2014-17 ... appeared in 77 games, starting 65 of them ... member of the 2016 Fusion team that qualified for Academy playoffs ... full name is Brady Lane Gunter ... son of Page and Jeff Gunter ... born Dec. 15, 1998 ... has two older siblings: Drew and Ethan ... major is undecided ... enjoys wakeboarding and snowboarding in his free time.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Brady has great physical tools, has become a leader and hard-nosed defender over the last couple years playing in the USSDA for Andy Butler. I have known his family for 12 years and have seen his maturation as both a person and player. We know he has the potential to make an impact here immediately and over his four years.”
ZEIKO HARRIS (6-4, Defender, Sandys Parish, Bermuda/South Kent)
Played for South Kent in Connecticut under Owen Finberg ... 2015-16 TopDrawerSoccer National Champion ... 2013, 2015, 2016 New England Champion ... 2014, 2015, 2016 Western New England Regular Season Champion ... named 2016 all-American ... finished with nine goals and 12 assists ... named 2015 New England junior all-star ... earned Western New England all-star team selection ... named all-state ... helped Bermuda qualify for final U20 World Cup Qualifying Stage – Costa Rica on Feb. 17 ... also played for CFC United under Graciano Brito ... were State Cup Champions ... recorded two goals and four assists ... full name is Tahzeiko Soloman Harris ... born May 7, 1999 ... son of Lisa Brown ... has four siblings: Ziah, Mia, Troy and Tabua ... intends to major in accounting and minor in international business ... aspires to play soccer professionally before retiring and becoming an accountant.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Zeiko is an experienced Bermudian international player. He is a 6-foot-4, athletic center back with a good skillset who will immediately help us work toward or goals of being better defensively and compete for a Sun Belt Championship.”
JUAN HERNANDEZ (6-0, Forward, Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange)
Played for the Orlando City U18 Pro Academy under David Longwell ... crowned the 2015-16 League Champions of the Southeast Division ... appeared in 24 games in 2015-16, scoring 10 goals ... saw action in 13 games in 2016-17, getting two goals and assisting on two more ... full name is Juan Jose Hernandez ... son of Luz Elena Jimenez ... born July 23, 1998 ... has three older siblings: Juan David, Juan Pablo and Jessica ... intends to major in economics and minor in sustainable technology ... plans to play in the MLS after graduation.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Juan is a soccer junkie and has a great passion for the game. He has a great combination of athleticism and technical ability. He is versatile and can play many attacking positions. He has had to fight and earn everything in one of the top youth academy’s in the U.S. We are looking forward to having him here and have no doubt that he will have a great impact on our program over the next four years.”
JUSTIN PRUITT (5-10, Midfielder, Matthews, N.C./Weddington)
Crowned the JV Soccer Conference Champions in 2014 at Weddington ... played for Charlotte Soccer Academy US Soccer Development Academy under Rob Dalton ... were 2013 NCYSA State Champions and Regional Semi-Finalists ... in 2013, selected as USYS National League participant ... full name is Justin Reed Pruitt ... son of Anne and Andrew Pruitt ... born Aug. 3, 1999 ... intended major is risk management and insurance.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Justin is one of the hardest working players out there and as coachable as they come. He is a selfless player that will do anything for the success of the team. He is competitive and does not shy away from any challenge that comes his way and has the versatility and skill set to literally play any of the 10 field positions. These attributes will equate to success here at App State and will help elevate our program.”
PARKER WASHBURN (5-8, Midfielder, Cary, N.C./Guerin Catholic)
Rated as a three-start recruit by TopDrawerSoccer ... Named captain during his one year of soccer at Green Hope HS in Cary, N.C. as a junior ... earned first-team all-conference and all-Region honors ... played for the Indiana Fire Academy in Indianapolis, Ind. ... started in 10 of 12 appearances in fall 2016 season, scoring two goals ... full name is Parker Brian Washburn ... son of Susan and Brian Washburn ... born Oct. 6, 1998 ... has one sibling: Grace ... intends to major in business and minor in marketing ... enjoys kitesurfing and snowboarding in his free time.
O’Keefe’s Take: “I have had the privileged to coach Parker in the past. He has a great passion for the game, wonderful soccer IQ and has the technical ability to be an impact in many ways. He comes from a winning environment with Indiana Fire and is coached by Phil Presser. He will bring a winning mentality to our program, which we will benefit from greatly every day over his four years.”
REED HUNNICUTT (5-8, Forward, Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg)
A two-year letterwinner in soccer at South Mecklenburg, named an all-American his senior year ... earned all-conference all-Region and all-State his junior and senior year ... received the Golden Boot Award his senior year ... named NC West Region Player of the Year ... Greater Charlotte Soccer Gala’s Male Player of the Year ... named all-Charlotte Observer Boys Soccer Player of the Year ... scored 31 goals in his career and assisted on 35 more ... helped lead his team to a 48-3-3 record in his final two years ... also played for Charlotte Soccer Academy (U.S. Development Academy) in 2013-14 and currently plays for Charlotte United ... full name is Harlan Reed Hunnicutt ... son of Cyndi and Travis Hunnicutt ... born Feb. 15, 1999 ... has one sibling: Lainey ... major is undecided ... enjoys wakeboarding and snowboarding in his spare time.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Reed has great technical skill set and is naturally left footed. He will add balance to our team and bring versatility by playing anywhere on the field for us outside of the goalkeeper position. He has the ability to run at players, create numbers up situations for us and beat players 1v1. He can also score goals and set his teammates up. Reed will be a player with great potential for us over the next four years.”
YONI SPENCER (5-11, Defender, Charlotte, N.C./Providence)
Played for Charlotte Soccer Academy under Rob Dalton ... was named the USSDA Designated Player ... selected to represent the U.S. at the Maccabi games in Israel on the U18 national men’s soccer team ... full name is Yonatan Klein Spencer ... son of Richard Spencer ... born Sept. 23, 1999 ... has three siblings: Daniel, Maya and Natalie ... intends to major in political science and minor in business ... plans to attend law school after graduation.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Yoni is athletically gifted, tough and can play with either foot. I have seen him grow tremendously over the past six months as his team transitioned to a three-back system and he has made the transition smooth and has shut down some of the best attacking players in the country this past fall. He has the potential to have an immediate impact on our defense and will only get better each day. We are excited to see his continued growth over the next four years.”
Northwestern Conference Finals:
South Mountain Athletic Conference Girls Finals:
East Burke: 86
Kings Mountain: 55
Southern District 7 Finals:
East Lincoln: 65
North Piedmont Conference Final:
Alexander Central: 75
Northwestern Conference Finals:
Appalachian State University women’s track and field concluded competition at the Appalachian Split Track Meet on Friday night in Boone.
In the last meet of the season before the conference championships, App State competed in three running events at the Holmes Center. In her first 200-meter race of the season, Brooke Brekke (Neillsville, Wis./Neillsville) clocked a time of 27.54 to win the event. In the 800 meters, four Mountaineers turned in the top four times with Sarah Venable (Cary, N.C./Cary) in first (2:20.25/pr), Megan Scannell (Nottingham, N.H./Coe Brown Northwood Academy) in second (2:25.38/pr), Ellen Spencer (Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth) in third (2:27.88/pr) and Grace Brooks (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) in fourth (2:30.79/pr). Lastly, in the mile, Kayla Hall (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) clocked the fastest time with a personal best of 5:34.67, and right behind her was Natalie Richardson (Chapel Hill, N.C./Carrboro) (5:37.98/pr), Madison Simmons (Waxhaw, N.C. (Cuthbertson) (5:43.11/pr) and Alison Peters (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes County) (5:45.34/pr) in second, third and fourth.
In Varsity Gym, Sofia San Miguel (Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) had a breakout meet vaulting a seven-inch personal best of 11-9.25 (3.59m) to win the pole vault competition, and Makaila Roberts (Rural Hall, N.C./Reagan) soared to her second-best height of the season in the high jump at 4-9.75 (1.47m).
Appalachian State University men’s track and field competed at the Appalachian Split Track Meet, their last track competition before the conference championships, Friday night in Boone.
At the Holmes Center, seven athletes competed on the 300-meter track, and three Mountaineers won their events. In the 55 meters, Antonio Marcano Jr. (St. Louis, Mo./Metro Academicaid) and Jordan Johnson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) flashed to the end line in first and second respectively and clocked personal bests of 6.36 and 6.41. Andrew Spear (Newport, N.C./West Carteret) ran in two events placing second in the 400 meters with a time of 51.64 and clearing all hurdles on the 55-meter straightaway in 8.23. Grabbing the 400-meter title was Jaxon Roberts (Spruce Pine, N.C./Avery County) who dashed across the line in 51.23. Lastly, in the 800 meters, App finished in the top four spots with Sean Doyle (Rutherfordton, N.C./Polk County) coming in second (1:59.52), Collin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Alamance) landing in third (2:03.20) and Ryan Shannon (Maiden, N.C./North Lincoln) placing fourth (2:06.58)
In Varsity Gym, four student-athletes competed in the field events, and Matt Layne (Wilkesboro, N.C./West Wilkes) highlighted the day clearing the bar at 14-1.25 (4.30m) to land in the third, his best performance of the season.
App State will compete in Birmingham, Ala. for the 2017 Sun Belt Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb. 20-21.
The No. 25 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (10-2) defeated both Pfeiffer (6-0) and Augusta (11-3 in five innings) Friday afternoon in the Catawba Invitational, hosted by the Bears, on its home field.
Game One - Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Pfeiffer 0
Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.) broke a scoreless tie with a bases-clearing triple in the fifth inning while sophomore pinch hitter Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) added a two-run home run in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 5-0 on the season after throwing a four-hit shutout. Parks struck out five batters while Caitlin Christian (Asheboro, N.C.) fell to 1-1 after taking the loss.
Game Two - Lenoir-Rhyne 11, Augusta 3 (five innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) and senior outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) both hit home runs while the Bears scored early and often to run-rule the Jaguars.
Landreth finished with four runs batted in as the Bears raced to a 10-0 lead after three innings of play. Junior shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) added three hits and two runs batted in and sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) improved to 3-0 on the year after taking the win on the mound for the Bears.
On the final day of the invitational on Saturday, Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Goldey-Beacom (11:00 a.m.) and Mount Olive (1:00 p.m.).
Despite five runs in the second, Appalachian State University baseball was unable to outlast a pesky VMI squad in the 2017 season opener on Friday at Brooks Field.
The Mountaineers (0-1) seemed off to a slow start to begin the first inning of the year as the Keydets’ (1-0) Matt Dunlevy homered to right field to go up 1-0. But the Black and Gold responded strong in the second inning, going plating five runners in a short burst. Senior Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) was able to bring home junior Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) on a ground out to first, before junior Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) singled to center field to drive home two runs – senior Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) and junior Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern)).
Freshman Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) then hit a beauty to the wall, just out of the outstretched glove of the center-fielder to drive home Zupcic. To round out the top of the second inning, senior Matt Vernon (Advance N.C.//Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) rocketed one down the left field line to bring in Grubbs.
The game then moved to a defensive battle as neither pitcher allowed many opportunities.
The momentum switched in the bottom of the sixth after three scoreless half-innings. VMI used a fielding error to reach first and three walks to score one and load the bases before Collin Fleischer singled to center to drive around two. The Keydets’ Matt Pita shot a liner to center field just over the head of an outstretched Will Herman (Dunwoody, Ga./St. Pius X Catholic) glove to bring home one. After Fleischer was walked home, Pita scored on a sacrifice fly to give VMI the 11 runs needed to secure the win.
Junior Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth) got the call to start today on the mound. The right-hander finished with seven strikeouts, six hits and five runs in 5.0 innings pitched. Senior reliever Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) received the loss.
The Mountaineers will continue their four-game Hughes Bros. Challenge tournament in Wilmington, N.C. on Saturday when they play two: George Mason at 10 a.m. and a rematch with VMI at 6 p.m. The final game on Sunday is against host-team UNC Wilmington at 2 p.m.