Appalachian State University women's basketball was picked to finish eighth in the Sun Belt standings for the upcoming 2014-15 season, as chosen by the league's coaches on Wednesday.
Maryah Sydnor was named to the All-SBC preseason first team as the Apps are predicted to finish in the bottom half of the conference.
"If there is one thing I have learned in my short time as a head coach it is that this team is great in the face of adversity," said head coach Angel Elderkin. "We look forward to giving full effort everyday and coming together as a family a little more each day.
I expect this group to be extremely competitive in non-conference play and in the Sun Belt this season."
The Mountaineers begin their inaugural Sun Belt campaign after finishing fourth in the Southern Conference last year with a league record of 10-8.
The Apps return all five starters and have four newcomers to the squad this season. Sydnor is back for her senior campaign after averaging 19.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game last season. Sydnor is currently eighth on the all-time Appalachian career scoring list.
Appalachian recieved 49 votes to follow South Alabama in the preseason standings. Arkansas State recieved eight first-place votes and was picked to finish first in the Sun Belt this season, while the Red Wolves' Aundrea Gamble was voted preaseaon player of the year.
Predicted Order of Finish (first-place votes in parentheses)
1. Arkansas State (8) - 118 pts
2. UALR (2) - 112 pts
3. Texas State - 93 pts
4. Georgia State - 82 pts
5. Troy - 70 pts
6. UL Lafayette - 64 pts
7. South Alabama - 49 pts
8. Appalachian State - 47 pts
9. UT Arlington - 44 pts
10. Georgia Southern - 27 pts
11. UL Monroe - 20 pts
All-SBC Preseason First Team
Aundrea Gamble (Arkansas State, RS-Junior, Guard)
Taylor Gault (UALR, Senior, Guard)
Ashley Beverly-Kelley (Troy, Junior, Guard)
Maryah Sydnor (Appalachian State, Senior, Forward)
Erin Peoples (Texas State, Junior, Guard)
All-SBC Preseason Second Team
Hanna Qedan (Arkansas State, RS-Senior, Guard)
Keke Veal (UL Lafayette, Junior, Guard)
Brittany Logan (Georgia State, Senior, Center)
Anna Claire Knight (Georgia Southern, Senior, Guard)
Kiera Clark (UALR, Senior, Forward)
All-SBC Preseason Third Team
Breanna Hall (South Alabama, Senior, Guard)
Alisha Andrews (Georgia State, Senior, Guard)
Ayriel Anderson (Texas State, Junior, Guard)
Kia Wilridge (UL Lafayette, Junior, Guard)
Rachel Cumbo (South Alabama, Junior, Guard)
Preseason Player of the Year
Aundrea Gamble (Arkansas State, RS-Junior, Guard)
Bunker Hill: 3
Lake Norman Charter: 0
Bears advance to the third round hosting Maiden on Thursday.
Wildcats season ends at
North Surry: 1
Blue Devils travels to Bunker Hill on Thursday.
Mt. Pleasant: 0
Red Devils advance to the third round at Brevard on Thursday.
West Iredell: 0
Red Tornadoes advance to the third round hosting Marvin Ridge.
West Henderson: 3
Fred T. Foard: 0
Tigers season ends at 15-10.
Wildcats season ends at 11-2.
Lake Norman Charter: 6
Red Devils season ends at 10-3.
Red Tornadoes season ends at 10-1.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (15-7, 9-6) came back from a 2-1 deficit to beat Newberry (11-12, 5-10), 3-2, in a South Atlantic Conference match Tuesday evening at Eleazer Arena.
The Bears downed the Wolves by scores of 26-24, 13-25, 14-25, 25-17 and 15-12 to sweep the season series from Newberry.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior outside hitter Ashley Wells (Lovingston, Va.) finished with a team-high 12 kills and sophomore outside hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) added nine kills and 15 digs in the victory.
Junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) added a double-double – 34 assists and 12 digs – and sophomore middle blocker Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) totaled 10 kills for the Bears as well.
Newberry was led by Logan Hayward (Sylvania, Ohio) with a match-high 16 kills and Holly Brisson (Lumberton, N.C.) with 11 kills in the losing effort. The Wolves’ Lauren Prachar (Fort Wayne, Ind.) dished out 23 assists but the home team could not hold a 2-1 advantage.
Both teams also totaled 12 blocks on the evening while Lenoir-Rhyne moved into a fifth-place tie in the league standings.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference matches on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne plays Lincoln Memorial on the road in Harrogate, Tenn.
Appalachian State Universirty women’s golf had thier best tournament finish of the season at the Terrier Intercollegiate where they placed second. The Apps came into the final round in second place and were able to maintain their position throughout the final round.
Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) helped the Mountaineers into second place with her second round 4-over 76. Stinson was third in the field in made birdies, with three in the second round, and finished the tournament tied for third place overall.
After shooting a first round 79, Haley Zagoria (Atlanta, Ga./Woodward Academy) was able to improve in the second round with a 6-over 78. Zagoria finished at 10-over in a tie for seveth place. Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) matched her first round 79 with another 7-over 79 in round two. Craver completed the tournament tied for 11th place at 14-over.
Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga High School) and Madalyn Davis (Marion, N.C./McDowell) finished the tournament tied for 17th place. Wood was first in the field in par 3 scoring and shot a second round 75. Davis recorded an 82 in the final round.
All five Mountaineers finished in the top 20 overall. Appalachian was near the top of several statistical categories. The Black and Gold were first in par 3 scoring and second in par 4 scoring, birdies made and pars made.
The Apps shot a 27-over 315 in the first round of the 36-hole tournament.
Stinson led the way for the Mountaineers shooting a 6-over 78 and finished the day tied for seventh place.
Three Mountaineers in Zagoria, Davis, and Craver all shot a first round 7-over 79. All three were tied for 11th place after the first 18 holes. Wood ended her day tied for 34th after shooting a 14-over 86.
The Mountaineers are back in action next at the Winthrop Invitational on Nov. 1-2.
Appalachian State University men’s basketball’s Dec. 18 contest at Charlotte will be televised on the American Sports Network, Conference USA announced on Tuesday.
Complete programming information, including a listing of channels on which the game can be seen, will be released once details are finalized.
American Sports Network is a programming initiative of Sinclair Networks Group, LLC (“SNG”), a division of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. SNG plans to produce over 211 college events during the 2014-2015 academic year featuring distinguished NCAA Division I conferences including Conference USA, the Colonial Athletic Association, Big South Conference, Southern Conference, the Patriot League and the Western Athletic Conference. In addition to its college initiative, SNG produces local high school sports under the “Thursday Night Lights” and “Friday Night Rivals” brands, and recently secured rights to the 2014 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge.
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is the largest and one of the most diversified television broadcasting companies with 164 television stations and affiliations with all the major networks. Sinclair’s television group reaches approximately 38.2 percent of U.S. television households, including pending transactions.
The Mountaineers open the regular season at Ohio on Nov. 15 and play host to Hampton in the first home game of the year on Nov. 24. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visting appstatesports.com or calling the athletic ticket office at (828) 262-2079.
North Piedmont Conference:
West Iredell: 3
Alexander Central: 1
South Caldwell: 0
St. Stephens: 4
Fred T. Foard: 0
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 1
Lenoir-Rhyne University's Marcus Kincaid and Justin Powell have been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Football Defensive and Special Teams Players Of The Week, respectively, league officials announced today.
Kincaid, a sophomore defensive back from Morganton, N.C., finished with a team-high 13 tackles including 12 solo takedowns in the Bears' 23-10 victory over Newberry last Saturday in Newberry, S.C.
Kincaid also had a pair of pass break-ups and two tackles for losses as Lenoir-Rhyne limited Newberry to just 217 yards of total offense. Kincaid leads the Bears this year with 49 tackles.
In the national rankings, the Bears are sixth in total defense (271.0 ypg), fourth in rushing defense (81.3 ypg) and fifth in scoring defense (12.4 ppg).
Powell, a senior placekicker from Connelly Springs, N.C., connected on all three field goal attempts including a 46-yarder as time expired in the first half in the win over the Wolves.
Powell currently ranks second on the squad in points scored (55) and has made all eight field goal attempts this year.
Lenoir-Rhyne (7-0, 4-0), ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II, hopes to continue its best start since 1962 when it hosts Mars Hill (3-3, 2-1) in a league contest Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Bears have won 17 straight South Atlantic Conference Regular Season games and are 20-1 in its last 21 games and have won 23 of their past 24 contests at home.
Lenoir-Rhyne's Makonnan Clare has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.
Clare, a junior defender from Syracuse, N.Y., scored both goals for Lenoir-Rhyne in the first half of a 2-1 win against Tusculum Sunday on the road in Greeneville, Tenn. Clare has three goals on the year for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne (5-6-2, 5-3), winners of two straight games, returns to action on Wednesday against Catawba (4-9-1, 1-6-1) in a South Atlantic Conference match at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex beginning at 7:30pm.
Here are the opening round pairings in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state women’s tennis tournaments for teams in our area at their designated sites:
2-A WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Cary Tennis Center, Cary
Maria Capito-Julia Honeycutt (Salisbury) vs. Brittany Connor-Lauren Dillard (Newton-Conover)
3A WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Burlington Tennis Center, Burlington
Imani Fountain (Concord Cox Mill) vs. Taylor Fredrickson (Patton)
Madeline Finley-Julia Kessel (Hickory) vs. Carly Landgraf-Shannon Farley (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge)