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Appalachian State University men’s tennis was dominant in its first two home matches of the season, picking up a pair of 7-0 wins over Lees-McRae and North Carolina A&T on Sunday at Deer Valley Racquet Club.

The Mountaineers (2-1) did not drop a set in singles or doubles play en route to their first two wins of the season while Lees-McRae (0-1) and North Carolina A&T (0-2) failed to score their first wins of the year.

Sunday’s first match came against the Bobcats and Appalachian set the tone early, rolling to three wins in doubles play to earn the first point of the match. Zach Bost and Oliver Casey took a 6-1 win at the No. 1 spot while Jack Maddocks and Scott Webster were 6-0 winners at No. 2. Robert Jenkins and Jan-Willem Kleynhans finished out doubles with a 6-2 victory at No. 3.

In singles play, Casey was a 6-0, 6-4 winner at No. 1 while Bost earned a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 2. Maddocks was dominant in a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 3 while Webster blanked his opponent, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 4 position. Kleynhans took a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 5 and Jenkins closed out singles play with a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 6.

North Carolina A&T proved to be no match for the Mountaineers in Sunday’s second contest, as Appalachian again rolled in every singles and doubles contest. Bost/Casey were 6-1 victors at No. 1 doubles while Maddocks/Webster again blanked their opponent, 6-0, at No. 2. Jenkins/Kleynhans finished as 6-2 winners in the No. 3 spot.

Casey once again earned a win at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-0) while Bost earned his second victory at No. 2 via a 6-3, 6-2 final. Maddocks cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 3 while Webster scored a 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4. Trey Morris stepped in at No. 5 singles against the Aggies and picked up a 6-1, 6-0 win while Jenkins shut out his opponent, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 6 position.

The Mountaineers are back in action on Friday when they play host to Presbyterian at 2 p.m. at Deer Valley Racquet Club.

Sunday, 25 January 2015 23:13

CVCC Women's Basketball Edged Out by Cape Fear CC

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Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team fell to Cape Fear Community College 79-67 Sunday.

Daryan Dula led CVCC with 16 points and six rebounds. Dula scored 13 of her 16 points in the second half. Keyara McKnight had 12 points for the Red Hawks and Shakira Allen added 10.

CVCC falls to 13-7 overall and 8-3 in the conference. The Red Hawks are back in action Thursday at Patrick Henry Community College.

Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) torched the nets for a career-high 31 points and Appalachian State University men’s basketball won its fourth-straight Sun Belt Conference contest in a 64-58 victory over Texas State on Saturday at Strahan Coliseum.

The Mountaineers (8-10, 5-4 Sun Belt) led for nearly the entire contest, but had to summon a late run to put the Bobcats (10-9, 4-6) away for good and earn yet another league victory.

It was obvious from the first five minutes of play that Saturday’s game would be a slugfest as neither team was able to get in front by more than three points in the opening 10 minutes of play.

Texas State gained the early momentum when JaMarcus Weatherspoon connected on a layup with 15:57 on the clock to make it an 8-5 edge for the Bobcats in what would turn out to be their biggest lead of the game.

With the scored tied at 14-14 six minutes later, the Mountaineers reeled off a quick 9-2 run to grab a seven-point lead (23-16) on a pair of Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military Academy [Purdue]) free throws with just under five minutes remaining in the opening period. The Bobcats closed out the half on a 10-5 run of their own to close the gap to just two points (28-26) at the break.

Things would open up offensively for Appalachian State over the game’s final 20 minutes. Scores on back-to-back Mountaineer possessions in the first three minutes would stretch the lead to 32-26 on Michael Obacha’s (Edo State, Nigeria/High Point Christian Academy) layup with 17:38 left to play.

Texas State recovered and chipped away at the lead before eventually tying it up at 34-34 when Ethan Montalvo nailed a three-pointer with a shade over 14 minutes to go. With the score tied 37-37 moments later, Appalachian kick-started a 9-0 run on Dustin Clarke’s (Newland, N.C./Avery County [Hartford]) layup at the 13:02 mark to take a 46-37 edge with eight minutes to go.

The Bobcats battled back to cut the deficit to three points (50-47) with just under five minutes to play, but the Mountaineers clamped down and scored seven-straight to push the lead to double-digits (57-47) and hit key free throws down the stretch to maintain the distance and send Texas State to its fourth-straight loss.

Eaves’ career night came in a 10-of-16 effort from the floor, including 4-of-7 from long range. He also finished 7-of-9 at the charity stripe and fell just shy of his first career double-double with a career-high eight rebounds. Lawson added a career-high-tying nine points off the bench while Clarke scored eight and Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County [Radford]) tied a career-high with three blocks.

Texas State was paced by Emani Gant’s team-leading 16 points while D.J. Brown scored 12 and Montalvo poured in 11. Cameron Naylor chipped in with nine points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats.

On the night, the Mountaineers shot 40.7 percent (22-of-54) from the floor, including a 7-of-17 mark from long range, while holding Texas State to just 36.8 percent (21-of-57) from the floor, including an abysmal 3-of-17 from deep.

Appalachian State returns to action on Thursday when it travels to Georgia Southern for a 7:30 p.m. contest at Hanner Fieldhouse.

NOTES: Appalachian State improved to 1-1 all-time against Texas State ... the Mountaineers’ current winning streak is the team’s longest against Division I opponents since also winning four-straight from Feb. 19 - March 4, 2011 ... it is the team’s longest winning streak against conference opponents since Feb. 2-12, 2011 ... Eaves is averaging 25.5 points per game during the team’s winning streak ... he has eclipsed the 20-point mark in three of the team’s last four games ... he has scored at least 20 points eight times this season ... he is connecting on 54.1 percent (20-of-37) from long range during the winning streak ... Appalachian State’s coaching staff wore sneakers for the third-straight game in support of Coaches vs. Cancer.

Sunday, 25 January 2015 23:10

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Loses at Mars Hill

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The Mars Hill Men’s Basketball Team (8-10, 3-9) snapped its seven-game losing streak with a 66-56 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (7-9, 5-7) Saturday afternoon at Stanford Arena in a South Atlantic Conference game.

The Lions’ Patrick Monroe (Durham, N.C.) led all scorers with 19 points including 17 after halftime as Mars Hill rallied from a 17-8 deficit to start the game to take the win. Monroe, who came off the bench, also hit five three-pointers after halftime.

Mars Hill came back to tie the contest at 22-22 at the break before taking control in the second half.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which lost its second straight game, was led by redshirt freshman guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) and junior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) with 11 points each.

The Lions’ Isaiah Cuthbertson (Cleveland, N.C.) added nine and 11 rebounds as Mars Hill shot 56 percent (18-of-32) in the second half and connected on 10 three-pointers in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman guard Justice Morgan (Kennesaw, Ga.) scored 10 points but the Bears couldn’t overcome a 17-point deficit in the second half despite shooting 58 percent (14-of-24) after halftime as well.

In the next slate of South Atlantic Conference games on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne plays Catawba in Salisbury, N.C.,

Appalachian State University women’s track and field competed this weekend at the Hokie Invitational.

Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) highlighted the weekend for the Mountaineers by finishing the mile run in a personal-best 4:59.06, which also puts the sophomore fifth all-time in program history.

Senior thrower Brianna Tate (Summerfield, N.C./Grimsley) once again provided a strong performance for the Apps. Tate took second-place in the shot put with a throw of 49-11.00 feet, which is a new season-best for the senior.

Freshman Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) placed fourth in the high jump by clearing 5-6.00 feet. Sydney Cook (Boone, N.C./Watauga) took third-place in the pole vault by clearing 11-6.00 feet.

In the triple jump, Lekasha Ejindu (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley) and Kaytlyn Gill (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) finished eighth and ninth with jumps of 37-3.00 and 36-10.50 feet, respectively. Dana Cox (Apex, N.C./Panther Creek) took 10th in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 10:13.87.

The Mountaineers return to action next weekend when they host the Mountaineer Indoor Open on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-31.

Appalachian State University men’s track and field finished up the Hokie Invitational on Saturday.

The Mountaineers were highlighted by Phillip Thomas’ (Cary, N.C./Cary) first-place finish in the pole vault when he cleared 15-5.75 feet. Patrick Quinn (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) took eighth with a height of 14-10.00 feet and Matt Layne (Wilkesboro, N.C./West Wilkes) finished 12th by clearing the same height.

In the 400 meter dash, Raphael Rojas (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) finished with a time of 48.51. Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) was right behind Rojas in seventh-place and crossed the finish line in 49.35 - a personal-best.

In the 5,000 meter run, Kyle McFoy (Newark, Del./The Tatnall School) and Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Day School) finished in sixth and ninth-place, respectively. McFoy finished in 15:04.66, while Anderson crossed the finish line in 15:48.78 - a personal-best.

The distance-medley team consisting of Evan Laratta (Angiers, N.C./Quince Orchard/LaSalle), Will Henderson (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview), Josh Hanna (Webster, N.Y./The Aquinas Institute) and Hastings took fourth-place with a time of 10:20.18. In the long jump, freshman Kimani Hoffman (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale) took seventh-place with a jump of 23-0.50 feet.

The Mountaineers will return to action when they host the Mountaineer Indoor Invitational next Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-31.

Appalachian State University women's basketball fell to Texas State on Saturday afternoon at Strahan Coliseum, 67-58.

The Mountaineers (9-9, 4-5 Sun Belt) trailed by just three points with one minute to play in the game, but committed fouls, helping the Bobcats (12-7, 7-3) to a victory.

Each team started the game strong, tying the score five times in the first five minutes. With 14:24 left in the first half Maryah Sydnor hit a jumper to give Appalachian a 12-10 lead. From there the Apps would go on a 9-0 run, featuring a three-pointer from Katie Mallow.

The Bobcats would respond with an 11-2 run, tying the game, 21-21 with 5:37 left in the first half. Texas State took the lead at the 3:53 minute mark, scoring ten-straight points to lead, 31-24.

Mia Marshall would close out the first half for the Apps by scoring four-straight points, helping them to a 34-32 lead at halftime.

Sydnor led the Mountaineers in the first half with ten points, while the team shot 46.2 percent from the floor.

The Bobcats were led by Kileah Mays' 12 points as the team recorded a 43.3 field goal percentage.

Texas State came out in the second half to tie the game, but Mallow would respond with a jumper to give App two points. At the 16:21 minute mark the score was tied, 38-38. From there the Mountaineers struggled to find baskets as Texas State recorded four-straight points. Appalachian would not get a point until Joi Jones hit a three-pointer three and a half minutes later.

The Bobcats followed that up with a three of their own, but Ashley Bassett-Smith would hit a jumper as the Apps trailed, 45-43 with 12 minutes to play.

Texas State went on a 7-2 run, but the Mountaineers would get right back into the game off six-straight points from Jones. Bria Carter scored to put the Mountaineers down by just two points with a score of 55-53 with 7:22 to play.

Another scoring drought would come for the Mountaineers as the Apps did not find a basket for five minutes. The Bobcats would only score four points in the five-minute span, helping the Mountaineers when they went on a 5-0 run to trail, 61-58 with a 1:17 on the clock.

Down by just one possession, the Apps committed a foul, sending the Bobcats to the free throw line. The Mountaineers would be forced to foul in the last minute of the game as they fell to Texas State, 67-58.

Jones led the Apps with 13 points, while Sydnor and Bassett-Smith each chipped in ten. The Mountaineers shot 35.5 percent from the floor in the game, grabbing 44 rebounds and turning the ball over 21 times.

Texas State was led by Taeier Deer's 23 points as the team recorded a 41.1 field goal percentage. The Bobcats tallied 38 rebounds and 15 turnovers.

The Mountaineers will return to action when they travel to Georgia Southern on Jan. 29.

Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team fell to Louisbug College on the road Saturday 87-77.

Leading scorers for the RedHawks were Trevin Miller with 24 points and Mon'Darius Black with 12 points.

The Red Hawks fall to 10-10 overall and 5-5 in the conference. CVCC will face Pitt Community College on Saturday at home.

Sunday, 25 January 2015 21:01

CVCC Women's Basketball Continues to Win

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Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team defeated Brunswick Community Colelge 55-49.

The Red Hawks were led by Keyara McKnight who had 15 points. Shakira Allen added 10 points and seven rebounds.

CVCC improves to 13-6 overall and 8-2 in conference play. CVCC will host Cape Fear on Sunday.

Appalachian State University wrestling completed the Appalachian Open on Saturday in the Varsity Gymnasium. Appalachian saw three Mountaineers place in their weight classes.

Jacob Grigg (Gastonia, N.C./East Gaston) and Marcus Johnson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) both took home third place. Grigg, in the 133 pound bracket, started strong with two pins in the first two rounds. Grigg pinned Stephen Corasaniti of Shorter University 53 seconds into the match before pinning Ohio State’s Mike Manuche in 46 seconds. In the semi-final, Grigg dropped an 11-3 major decision to Shorter’s Aldon Isenberg, who finished in second place. In the Consolation semi-final, Grigg defeated Bailey Jack of Duke to advance to the third place match. Grigg earned his spot on the podium by defeating Chattanooga’s Radley Gillis 6-3.

Johnson received an opening round bye in the 184 pound bracket. In his first match, Johnson defeated Mitchell Thomas of UNC via a 13-1 major decision. In the semi-final, Johnson dropped a 2-1 decision to Chattanooga’s DeVaunje Franklin-Smith in overtime. Johnson only needed 49 seconds to pin Alec Schenk of Duke to move onto the third place match. Johnson made it back-to-back pins en route to a third place finish when he pinned Duke’s Tyler Patrick.

Colton Jackson (Lady Lake, Fla./The Villages) was the final Mountaineer to place at the tournament. Jackson finished in fourth place in the 165 weight class bracket. Jackson received an opening round bye before pinning Shorter University’s Tristan Catterton 2:33 into the bout. Jackson met NC State’s Tommy Gantt in the next round and dropped a 8-1 decision. In the consolation semi-final, Jackson defeated Lee Davis of NC State and advanced into the third place match. David Bergida of Virginia Tech pinned Jackson 2:20 into the match, leaving Jackson in fourth place.

Three other Mountaineers picked up multiple wins today in tournament action. David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) won three matches in the 174 pound bracket and was one round away from placing. Dain Steffeny (Granville, Ohio/Granville) won two consolation matches in the 164 pound bracket. Freshman Payton Shuford (Statesville, N.C./West Iredell) won his first two matches in the 141 pound bracket.

The Mountaineers will be back in action on Jan. 30th at home for a Southern Conference match-up versus Gardner-Webb at 6:30 p.m.*/

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (6-10, 5-7) put an end to a three-game losing streak with a 72-68 triumph over Mars Hill (6-11, 4-8) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Stanford Arena.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior All-American guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) and sophomore forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) combined for 41 points as the Bears did manage to win their second straight league road contest.

Charles finished with a team-high 21 points while Cooper added 20 points and was 10-of-11 from the charity stripe in the victory.

Mars Hill’s Camille Glymph (Greenville, S.C.) led all scorers with 28 points but the Lions couldn’t hold a seven-point lead midway through the second half.

Trailing by a 68-67 score with 46 seconds remaining in the contest, Cooper gave the Bears the lead for good with a three-point play. Charles then iced the contest with a pair of free throws.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) and senior guard Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) added 14 and 13 points, respectively. The Bears also held a 35-20 advantage on the boards and connected on 23-of-27 free throw attempts.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference game in Salisbury, N.C., on Wednesday beginning at 6:00 p.m.