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Appalachian State trimmed an 18-point second half deficit to as little as six points, but the Mountaineers came up on the short end of a 104-98 contest to Iowa State on Thursday evening in the first game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach.

Iowa State (1-2) turned a four-point halftime lead into an 18-point edge at 79-61 with 8:25 to go, before the Mountaineers (2-1) used a 16-6 run to pull within eight points at 85-77 with 3:12 to play.

Iowa State would push their lead back to 10 points, before a pair of free throws from junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) brought App State back to within eight points at 87-79.

The Black and Gold continued to battle and got to within six points in the final seconds, but could get no closer.

Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) scored a career-high 32 points off the bench. Forrest scored 26 points in the second half, which is a new Puerto Rico Tip-Off record for points in a half, on 6-of-10 shooting (60.0 percent) from the field, 3-of-6 (50.0 percent) from beyond the arc and 9-of-10 (90.0 percent) shooting from the free throw line.

Shabazz finished with a season-high 32 points, to go along with three rebounds. He scored 21 points in the first half, which was just three points shy of tying his career-high of 24 points in a half, set last season against Georgia Southern. Shabazz has now scored 24 or more points in all three of Appalachian State's contests this season.

Sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) had a nice all-around game with eight points, six rebounds and five assists.

Both teams came out of the gate strong and a 3-pointer by Forrest gave the Apps their first lead at 19-18 midway through the first half.

The lead would change hands seven more time in the first half, before a late 6-1 spurt by Iowa State allowed them to open a 47-40 edge. Shabazz would drain a late 3-pointer in the closing second of the opening stanza to trim the Cyclone lead to 47-43 at the intermission.

The second half started out tight, with App State tying the score at 49-49 early on. The Cyclones would then slowly pull away, ultimately building their 18-point lead.

Appalachian finished the contest with 20 assists and also saw their bench hold a 53-23 scoring advantage.

App State will take Western Michigan on Friday. Tip is set for 5 p.m. on ESPNU.

Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Women’s Tennis Coach Tom Rees announced the signing of two student-athletes – Alexandra Garofoli and Spencer Cochran – for the 2018-19 campaign.

Garofoli, a native of Springboro, Ohio, is ranked No. 12 in the state of Ohio for U18. Garofoli’s accolades include two greater Western Ohio Conference Singles Championships and one Greater Western Ohio Doubles Title.

In addition, Garofoli is a two-time district qualifier and a sectional winner with a 2017 overall record of 26-3 in combined singles and doubles play.

“Ally (Garofoli) is ready to shine as a Lenoir-Rhyne Bear,” said Rees. “She has done it all in high school tennis and has the ability to excel at the collegiate level. It has been a pleasure recruiting her and she already feels like part of the Lenoir-Rhyne family.”

Cochran, from Charlotte, N.C., is the first player from Mallard Creek High School to qualify for the 4A State Championship. Cochran is also the 29th-ranked player in North Carolina for U18.

Cochran was the 2014 MECKA Conference Doubles Champion, a 2015 MECKA First-Team All-Conference honoree and the 2016 MECKA Conference Player of the Year.

“Spencer’s (Cochran) passion and drive to excel on and off the court makes her a perfect fit for Lenoir-Rhyne,” said Rees. “She has a heart for service and always put the team first. Spencer is super talented and I am looking forward to helping her develop her game at the college level.”

Lenoir-Rhyne is already 2-0 on the young season after a pair of fall victories and will open the new year against UNC Asheville in an exhibition. The match is scheduled for Saturday, February 10, in Asheville, N.C.

Friday, 17 November 2017 10:48

Appalachian State's Webster Enters ITA Rankings

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App State men's tennis senior Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) checked in at No. 61 in the first edition of the 2017-18 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings, as announced by the office.

It's the first time in his career that Webster is in the top 125, while the Australian is the lone student-athlete to represent the Sun Belt in the rankings. The senior is recognized for his stellar play in the fall season as he captured the ITA Oracle Master's Tournament consolation title in Malibu followed by a Sweet 16 appearance in the ITA Regionals in Cary, N.C. Webster is ranked ahead of student-athletes from schools such as North Carolina, Kentucky, Miami, Oklahoma State and Utah.

Webster defeated some top talent including then-No. 33 Eduardo Mena from East Tennessee Tech at the master's and regional opponents in Coastal Carolina, UNCW and East Carolina. Webster has a career mark of 45-12 in singles action and 37-19 in doubles play following a junior campaign where he went 14-4 in singles and 12-7 in doubles. His efforts led to a First-Team All-Sun Belt selection in both singles and doubles play. His 9-3 mark in singles competition during the fall was highlighted by a seven-match win streak, while he posted a 5-1 mark in doubles.

"It's nice to be ranked after a lot of hard work on the court and in the gym," Webster said. "We had a pretty good fall which allowed me to be in this position. I'm looking to carry this confidence into the spring, which is what matters to us on the team."

Webster helped Appalachian finish with 12 wins for back-to-back winning campaigns. The Mountaineers will begin the season on Jan. 20 at UNC Wilmington.

While it’s early in her sophomore basketball season at Catawba Valley Community College, Shaniya Lester has already cemented her future.

The 5-foot-6 Red Hawks guard signed on Wednesday to further her athletic career at UNC Pembroke after she graduates from CVCC this spring.

“I feel like I made a great decision to further my college career at UNC Pembroke,” Lester said. “I chose UNCP based on family, atmosphere, education and athletics because it is like CVCC. I’m going higher from here. I still have unfinished business here at Catawba Valley Community College. My education, team and coach are important to me so I want to finish strong.”

During her freshman season at CVCC, Lester — a former North Mecklenburg High School standout and Charlotte, N.C. native — played in 29 games (19 in conference) and started in 25 of those contests.

She averaged 14.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game as a freshman for the Red Hawks, leading them to a 21-8 overall record and 14-6 mark in conference games.

In two games so far this season, Lester is leading CVCC in three offensive categories — points per game (21.0), 3-point field goal percentage (40.0) and steals per game (5.0).

“Shaniya Lester has worked hard academically and athletically for the past year and a half, and it has paid off,” said CVCC head women’s basketball coach Tisha England. “When she chose CVCC over Louisburg, she liked the honesty and connection we had as player to coach. I never promise my players anything, but they will run and be a better student-athlete. She trusted me, and the process and the results have been good. It has been a pleasure coaching Shaniya along with helping her with life skills and life lesson. I am confident that she will impact UNC Pembroke in a positive way in the classroom as well as on the basketball court. Much success to her as she continues this journey and move forward to a new journey.”

Lester is the 13th Red Hawk women’s basketball player to sign with a four-year school under England, joining Aliyah Woods (Greensboro College), Jala Daniels (Montreal College), Ieshia Love (UNC Pembroke), Ty’Ais Cooper (Elizabeth City State), Keyona Hicks (Greensboro College), Takeyra Thomas (Elizabeth City State), Shakira Allen (Mars Hill), T’Shea Glenn (Warren Wilson), Allie Church (Warren Wilson), Maggie Stewart (Queens), Anika Jones (Johnson C. Smith) and Kadesha Gibbs (Georga College & State University).

“I want to thank coach England for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to be a better student-athlete and person,” Lester said. “I want to thank my teammates for the long-lasting memories and friendship and thank all of my family for their love and support. I look forward to making my family and CVCC family proud.”

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jonathan Nolan has been named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District® Football Team for NCAA Division II Super Region 2. CoSIDA is the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Nolan, a sophomore defensive lineman from Scottsdale, Ariz., finished with 21 tackles including six takedowns for a loss, one quarterback sack and one forced fumble this season for the Bears. In two years with the Bears, Nolan has totaled 80 tackles and four sacks.

Nolan is an exercise science major with a grade point average of 3.51. Last year, Nolan was named to the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the inaugural Lenoir-Rhyne Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

The 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District® Football Team recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.

First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, with first- and second-team Academic All-America honorees to be announced in December.

The Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams.

2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Football Team

NCAA DIVISION II – Super Region 2



RB - Jared Dillingham, Carson-Newman, Sr., 3.52, Exercise Science

RB - Chris Schwarz, West Florida, So., 3.95, Finance

WR - Lenwood Joyner, Saint Augustine's, Jr., 3.57, Sport Management

WR - Emmanuel McCord, Newberry, Sr., 3.41, Sociology / Criminal Justice

TE - Jonathan Mason, Carson-Newman, Sr., 3.86, Business

OL - Connor Baroniunas, Wingate, So., 3.69, Finance

OL - Cabell Cantrell, Wingate, Sr., 3.46, Mathematics / Education

OL - Lawrence Guyot, Mississippi College, Jr., 3.91, Kinesiology

OL - Sam Hall, Newberry, Sr., 4.00, Biology

OL - Zack Jenkins, Saint Augustine's, Sr., 3.89, Criminal Justice

OL - Daniel Owens, Wingate, Sr., 3.36, Finance & Mathematics

OL - Stokes Rowe, Carson-Newman, Sr., 3.78, Biology (Pre-Medical Science)

OL - Jake Sell, Mars Hill, Jr., 3.41, Physical Education

OL - Andrew Strickland, Wingate, So., 3.75, Undeclared

K - Lee Brackman, Catawba, Jr., 3.76, Biology

ST - Evan Altizer, Tusculum, Sr., 3.81, English


DL - Jonathan Nolan, Lenoir-Rhyne, Jr., 3.51, Exercise Science

DL - Josh Spigner, Newberry, Sr., 3.41, Psychology

DL - John Williamson, West Florida, Jr., 3.45, Supply Chain Logistics Management

LB - Reggie Barnes, West Florida, Sr., 3.60, Business

LB - Kaleb Coleman, Mississippi College, Sr., 3.89, Kinesiology

LB - Peyton Hite, Newberry, Jr., 4.00, English Education

LB - Zack Singleton, Wingate, Sr., 3.90, Community & Commercial Recreation

LB - Josh Smiley, West Florida, So., 3.47, Mechanical Engineering

DB - Jawanza Adams, Newberry, Jr., 3.32, Business Administration

DB - Chris Manning, Mississippi College, Sr., 3.37, Psychology

DB - Sheldon Reid, Limestone, Sr., 3.41, Health Science / Strength & Conditioning

P - Christopher Birozes, Wingate, Sr., 3.89, Finance

Friday, 17 November 2017 10:32

Hickory Motor Speedway Releases 2018 Schedule

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Hickory Motor Speedway has just released their schedule for the 2018 race season, and it is packed full of excitement. The Historic Race Track will open up their 68th season of racing on March 17th, 2018 with the Cosmo Motors Spring Classic, and the track will once again be headlined each week with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles’ Late Models.

The track is presently in discussions for the Paramount KIA sponsorship of the popular Paramount KIA "Big 10" Racing Challenge, which provides 10 races with feature events that provide additional purse money and a points championship of its own.

Hickory Motor Speedway will continue promoting events for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models, Cosmo Motors Street Stocks, One Design Super Trucks, Carolina Custom Golf Carts 4-Cylinders, Renegades and the Catawba Realty and Insurance, Co. Sportsman Racing Classics during their weekly events.

The PASS Super Late Models will return to America’s Most Famous Short Track for two events in 2018, including the Easter Bunny 150 on March 31st and the prestigious Mason-Dixon Mega Meltdown 300 on Nov. 16th and 17th.

The Hugely popular Bandit Big Rig Series Semi Truck race will be back in action at Hickory Motor Speedway on April 7th with thundering Semi Trucks battling for a chance to visit victory lane.

The Must See Sprint Cars will return on April 21st with Sprint Car action turning 12 second laps at the Historic Oval.

The track will play host to the Cars Racing Tour again in 2018 with two dates. The Cars Racing Tour has had a long history at The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars and will return on May 5th and Aug, 4th for the Throwback Series event.

The Knights of Destruction will return with two events beginning on June 2nd and is sure to deliver excitement and thrills for all that attend. This event provides a fun filled night of special racing including a school bus race, skid plate race, chain race, and much more followed by a night of fireworks. The second event will be Oct. 13th and prove to be just as exciting.

Also on tap will be two events for the popular Southern Modified Series on July 7th and September 22nd. The Southern Modified Series began at Hickory Motor Speedway last season and provided some great racing for their events with multiple Modified stars in attendance.

The season will also include the running of the Paramount Auto Group Bobby Isaac Memorial race presented by Black Tire and Auto Service on the Saturday September 1st of Labor Day weekend, a very special tradition at the legendary track, honoring the late Bobby Isaac. The Cosmo Motors Fall Brawl presented by Calico Coatings will be held on October 20th and which is a 200-lap feature special event for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles’ Late Models, 100-lap Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Model, 50-lap One Design Super Trucks and more.

There are still a few dates to be secured and some to be announced later, but several of our sponsors have already secured their dates for 2018 at The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars. The Catawba Reality and Insurance Co. Sportsman Racing Classics dates are tentative.

Ticket prices will remain the same in 2018 (excluding special events) for weekly NASCAR events ($12.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors and teens, with kids 12 and under free).

Hickory Motor Speedway has been voted the Finest Sports Venue in Hickory Daily Records Best of Catawba Valley for 2017 and Hickory Motor Speedway will soon be releasing a special discounted season pass for the first 100 fans that place an order. Please look for the offer coming soon at or on our Facebook page.

Hickory Motor Speedway management will continue to work hard for the sponsors, fans, and competitors, to provide a level field of competition and great entertainment in a family oriented atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you at the track in 2018.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Abbie Brown has been named to the 2017 D2CCA NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Women’s Soccer Second Team. CCA is the Conference Commissioner’s Association.

Brown, a junior midfielder from Leeds, ENGLAND, ranked first on the team in goals scored (seven), assists (five) and total points (19). Brown was a 2017 All-South Atlantic Conference First-Team selection as well and had four game-winning goals this fall.

Brown led the Bears to their 10th consecutive winning season this past fall. LR finished 11-5-2 on the year and 6-3-1 in conference regular season play.

The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes NCAA-II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education.

The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact D-II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities. In addition, all first-team selections are eligible for All-America accolades.

2017 D2CCA NCAA Division II All-Southeast

Women's Soccer Region Teams


GK - Gina Ryan, UNC Pembroke, So., Cape Carteret, N.C.

D - Helen Seed, Carson-Newman, Sr., Preston, England

D - Tehgan Anguilm, Columbus State, So., Newnan, Ga.

D - Hugrun Elvarsdottir, Columbus State, Sr., Gardabaer, Iceland

D - Jasmine Senecal-Guzman, UNC Pembroke, Sr., Montreal, Canada

MF - Cassandra Wade, Columbus State, Sr., Augusta, Ga.

MF - Alana Jefferson, Queens, Sr., Washington, N.C.

MF - Holly Rawcliffe, Limestone, Jr., Preston, England

MF - Fio Spano, Columbus State, So., Quebec, Canada

F - Lauren Wade, Carson-Newman, Sr., Coleraine, Northern Ireland

F - Olivia Jarrell, Columbus State, Jr., St. Augustine, Fla.

F - Carolina Lucci, Chowan, Fr., Monaca, Pa.

F - Amanda Bartholomew, Georgia College, Jr., Peachtree City, Ga.


GK - Jackie Burns, Carson-Newman, So., Cookstown, Northern Ireland

D - Mariah Lewis, Queens, Sr., Viera, Fla.

D - Averi Williams, Carson-Newman, Jr., Powell, Tenn.

D - Madeline Goodfellow, Columbus State, Fr., Columbus, Ga.

D - Lea Hippauf, Limestone, Jr., Borsfleth, Germany

MF - Abbie Brown, Lenoir-Rhyne, Jr., Leeds, England

MF - Taylor Leyble, Wingate, Sr., Jacksonville, N.C.

MF - Ann-Cathrin Zabel, Clayton State, Fr., Schwarme, Germany

MF - Kimmi Moore, Wingate, Jr., Hubert, N.C.

F - Charlène Nowotny, Flagler, So., Marburg, Germany

F - Riley Clark, Columbus State, So., Peachtree City, Ga.

F - Renee VanHorn, North Georgia, Jr., Marietta, Ga.

F - Alex Mathis, Limestone, Jr., Cowpens, S.C.

Southeast Region Player of the Year – Lauren Wade, Carson-Newman

Appalachian State men's basketball will take part in the 2018 Gildan Charleston Classic.

The tournament will take place on Thursday, November 15, 2018 through Sunday, November 18, 2018 at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.

The eight team field will feature the Mountaineers, as well as Alabama, Ball State, Davidson, Northeastern, Purdue, Virginia Tech and Wichita State.

The family friendly tournament offers teams a week of practice, play and experiences around the city of Charleston.

The Gildan Charleston Classic is one of 11 college basketball events that is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Charleston Classic site at

App State women's basketball (0-3) staged a furious comeback to tie the game going into the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough in a 70-57 defeat to ETSU (2-1) on Wednesday evening in the Holmes Center.

Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) paced the Mountaineer offense with a career-high 17 points on 5-for-13 shooting from the field. Wilson scored 13 of her points in the second half and shot 3-of-5 from the floor, a vast improvement from her 2-for-8 performance in the first half. Wilson would also come down with a personal-high six rebounds to go along with two assists. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) had another stellar game rebounding with a game-best 13 off the glass, tying her career high. The sophomore was one point shy of a second consecutive double-double, while she's amassed at least 10 rebounds in all three games this season. Plummer tied a career mark with three blocked shots.

Several Mountaineers would reach career highs in different areas including Lainey Gosnell's (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) eight points off the bench. The freshman led the reserves in scoring en route to a season-high 22 points for the bench. Kaila Craven (Asheboro, N.C./Southwestern Randolph) also contributed to the effort with seven points, six of which came on two 3-pointers. Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) had her best performance of the season in her young career, where she hustled and battled her way in the paint to four points and five off the glass.

Despite the setback, the Mountaineers can take positives away from Wednesday's effort. Appalachian scored a season-high 57 points and assisted on a season-best 16 of 20 field goals (80 percent). Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) and LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) each had a team-best four assists while seven different student-athletes chipped in with a helper. Appalachian also protected the ball much better in the second with eight miscues as opposed to the first half with 11 turnovers, and the Black and Gold won the battle on the boards with a 48-41 edge. After making just two 3-pointers on Sunday at Radford, the Black and Gold drained a season-high seven trifectas.

Facing a 38-28 deficit in the third quarter with 6:17 left in the frame, the Black and Gold frontcourt of Plummer, Calder, and Gosnell sparked a 16-6 run with three straight field goals highlighted by Gosnell's corner 3-pointer over a 1:10 span to bring the Apps to within three, 38-35. App State continued the charged when Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) and Wilson scored the final nine points including one of Wilson's two treys to tie up the contest going into the fourth period.

Appalachian had by far its best quarter in the third stanza as it shot 50 percent from the field and outscored the Bucs, 21-10, holding the visitors to just three-made buckets.

ETSU would recapture the momentum early outscoring the hosts by seven in the first 4:55 of the frame. Wilson stepped up once again with another 3-pointer to bring the Apps to six, 58-52, but the Buccaneers ended the contest on a 12-5 run over the last 3:34 of the game to clinch its first win over App in the last four matchups.

Three players for ETSU scored in double figures with Tianna Tarter pouring in a game-high 22 points, while Eric Haynes-Overton (15 points) and Alayjah Sherer (12 points) rounded out the leading scorers.

The 22 points off the bench are the most since the Apps scored 27 against UNC Asheville last season.

Plummer is the first Mountaineer since Mia Marshall in 2015-16 to record 10 rebounds in three straight games. The Thomasville, N.C. is averaging 12.7 rebounds, 8.0 points, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game through the first three contests of the season.

App State will look for its first win on Sunday against Davidson at 2 p.m. in the Holmes Center.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (2-2) moved back to .500 on the year with a 73-69 win over Winston-Salem State (1-2) Wednesday evening in the Bears' first road contest of the season at the C.E. Gaines Center.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior guard Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) and freshman guard Kennedy Weigt (Manteno, Ill.) with 22 points each. Weigt added six treys in just 25 minutes of action off the bench.

Four players scored in double figures for the Lady Rams – led by Briana Arnold (Raleigh, N.C.) with 14 points – while Winston-Salem State held a 43-33 edge in rebounding despite the loss.

The Bears limited the Lady Rams to just 23 percent shooting (three-of-13) from behind the three-point line and forced the home team into 16 turnovers.

Suddreth continues to lead the team at 18.5 points per game.

Lenoir-Rhyne played its fourth game in six days Wednesday night.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on Tuesday, November 21, at 6:00 p.m., against Newberry in Newberry, S.C.

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