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Sunday, 28 January 2018 21:44

CVCC Men's Basketball Drop Third Straight

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The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team dropped its third-straight game on Saturday, falling 103-65 on the road to conference leader Louisburg College.

Tyrell Oglesby led the Red Hawks (8-12, 3-8 in Region X) with 15 points, while Marcus Talley added 12 points. Post player Matthew Gray also reached double figures in scoring, tallying a season-high 10 points in the game.

Seth McCoy paced the Hurricanes (15-4, 9-1 in Region X) with 24 points, including 16 of those scored in the first half. Lewis Freeman (16 points), Jalen Gaddy (15 points) and Jordan Oakley (12 points) also reached double figures in scoring for Louisburg.

The Hurricanes built a 64-23 lead by halftime and despite being outscored 42-39 were able to hold their large lead throughout most of Saturday’s conference game.

The CVCC men’s basketball team will try to get back on the winning track Wednesday when it hosts Guilford Tech at the Tarlton Complex. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Appalachian State University men's tennis notched its first victory of the season on Saturday with a 6-1 win over USC Upstate at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.

The Mountaineers (1-1) won the doubles point capturing two out of three doubles matches to jump out to an early 1-0 advantage. They then rattled off victories in five of the six singles matches to register the triumph in the first of three contests this weekend.

"This was a great bounce-back win for us," head coach Bob Lake said after the win. "We came up with those two huge wins in doubles, and then it rolled over from there. We're looking forward to our home opener tomorrow against Lees-McRae and North Carolina A&T."

In doubles competition, the No. 1 pairing of Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) defeated the Spartans' No.1 tandem of Fernando Bernardes/Ignacio Garrido, 6-3. After App's Spencer Brown (Spartanburg, S.C./Laurel Springs) and Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) fell 6-3 in a hard-fought setback to Luka Eble/Felix Ewers, Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Ben Webster (Perth,Australia/Scotch College) picked up a 7-6 (2-0) tiebreak victory as the No. 3 tandem in the lineup to secure the doubles point.

Stone earned the first singles victory in the afternoon as he defeated Samuel Schiano 6-0, 6-3, to push App to a 2-0 lead. Ben and Brown helped App continue the momentum with a pair of straight-set sweeps, as Ben downed his opponent, 6-2, 6-3, followed by Brown's match-clinching 6-3,7-5 triumph as the No. 4 in the lineup.

Bargeron would fall in his contest at the No. 2 spot in three sets while Pavkovich dropped the first frame, but battled back to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to improve to 2-0 on the season. Scott would end the day on a high note for the Mountaineers with his first win of the season at the top spot in the lineup in a clean sweep.

Appalachian will return home Sunday for a doubleheader to take on Lees-McRae and North Carolina A&T at Deer Valley Racquet Club. First serve is set for 9 a.m. against LMC.

The Lincoln Memorial Men’s Basketball Team (19-1, 13-0), ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division II, remained at the top of the South Atlantic Conference standings and ran its winning streak to eight games with a 103-59 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (8-11, 6-7) Saturday afternoon at Tex Turner Arena.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Djibril Diallo (Conakry, GUINEA) was the lone player to score in double figures for the Bears, totaling 18 points in addition to four rebounds and three assists.

Lincoln Memorial was led by the duo of Cornelius Taylor (Claxton, Ga.) and Dorian Pinson (Greenville, S.C.), who combined for 44 points. Taylor led all scorers with 23 points while Pinson added 21 points for the Railsplitters, who hit 14 treys and shot 61 percent (40-of-66) for the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Emmanuel Wembi (Charlotte, N.C.) and redshirt freshman guard Darius Simmons (Raleigh, N.C.) both came off the bench to finish with nine points.

Four of the next five games for the Bears are at home, where they are 6-2 so far this season.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to Shuford Memorial Gymnasium to take on Newberry on Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference game.

Sunday, 28 January 2018 21:30

App's Cook Wins at 157-Pounds in Appalachian Open

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Laken Cook's victory in the 157-pound division highlighted strong performances by several Appalachian State wrestlers in the Appalachian Open at Varsity Gym on Saturday.

Five wrestlers with App State ties reached the championship round, as Cook defeated unattached teammate Matt Zovistoski by an 8-3 decision in the 157 final and App alum Denzel Dejournette, a 2017 All-American, won the heavyweight division. Taylor Jackson (184 pounds) and unattached teammate Paul Carson (197) also advanced to division finals.

The Mountaineers accounted for three of the top four places at 157 pounds with unattached Carl Guess claiming fourth.

Cook improved to 19-10 this season by going 4-0 with wins against Chattanooga's Jake Adcock (fall, 0:36), VMI's Will Lawrence (fall, 4:00), Duke's Ben Anderson (11-4 decision after trailing 4-3 in the third period) and Zovistoski.

Jackson's 3-0 start featured a 6-1 decision, a win by fall and a 4-0 decision. NC State's Nick Reenan posted a technical fall in the championship round.

Carson used an 8-3 decision and medical forfeit to reach his final against Virginia Tech's John Borst, who built a 4-0 lead in a 5-3 decision, and App State heavyweight Demazio Samuel had two pins to reach a semifinal.

Sixteen schools had wrestlers entered in the open field.

The Mountaineers will resume their SoCon schedule against VMI in Boone on Jan. 31, visit Chattanooga on Feb. 4 and return to Varsity Gym for a Feb. 8 matchup with Duke.

The Appalachian State men's basketball team nearly overcame a 29-point second half deficit, but fell 93-88 to Arkansas State on Saturday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.

The Red Wolves (8-14, 3-6 SBC) built a 56-32 halftime lead and pushed their advantage to as large as 65-36 with just over 16 minutes to play.

The Mountaineers (9-14, 4-6 SBC) mounted a furious rally and would cut the lead down to eight points with 3:57 left to play on a basket by junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep).

The Apps continued to cut away at the lead and Shabazz brought the Mountaineers within six points at 83-77, on a pair of free throws.

The Red Wolves answered with a basket, but Shabazz drew another foul with 56.8 seconds left. He would hit both freebies making the score 85-79 in favor of Arkansas State.

The Mountaineers would cut the deficit to five points three times over the next 30 seconds, before freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) drained a three-pointer and was fouled on the play. He would miss the free throw and the Black and Gold trailed 92-88 with 14 seconds left.

Grantham Gillard of Arkansas State pulled down the rebound off the missed free throw and was fouled with 11.7 seconds. He made one of two free throws. The Mountaineers would miss two threes in the final seconds to give Arkansas State the win.

Shabazz finished with a game-high 27 points, 20 of which came in the second half, on 9-of-17 (52.9 percent) shooting and a 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) mark on three-pointers. Forrest added 15 points, three rebounds and four assists.

Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) added 14 points and six boards, while sophomore O'Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy) had 11 points and three assists off the bench. Sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) tallied his first double-double of the season and second of his career with 10 points and 12 rebounds (seven offensive).

Simms paced Arkansas State with 23 points and Cockfield added 20. Marquis Eaton chipped in with 16 points and Gillard had 13 in a reserve role.

The Black and Gold finished 31-of-63 (49.2 percent) in shooting and 14-of-28 (50.0 percent) from beyond the arc, while the Red Wolves went 31-of-61 (50.8 percent) from the field and 10-of-16 (62.5 percent) from deep.

The Mountaineers will hit the road for their next two games, taking on UT Arlington on Thursday at 8:15 EST and Texas State on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

Big plays down the stretch and a 3-pointer by Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) with 11 seconds left helped Appalachian State University women's basketball (6-15, 4-6 SBC) gut out a thrilling 68-66 triumph against Arkansas State (10-10, 5-4 SBC) on Saturday afternoon at the Holmes Center.

Leading up to the final few minutes, the Mountaineers and Red Wolves were tied after Jada Ford hit a 3-pointer to knot things up, 61-61. After Plummer had missed the back end of a pair at the line, Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) muscled her way for an offensive rebound and then laid it back up to give App a 64-61 cushion.

Arkansas State would then score three quick points to tie up in the thrilling contest after Akasha Westbrook scored on a layup in transition. On the ensuing possession, LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) fed Mathews with a perfect pass on the left wing for the most significant 3-pointer of her App career to push the Mountaineers in front, 67-64. Arkansas State had a chance to tie up the game on the next trip down the floor. Payton Tennison's tying attempt fell short. Mathews went 1-2 at the line after being fouled on the next offensive possession, giving the Black and Gold the 2-point edge. A-State had another shot of tying the game, but the clock ran out before it could get a shot off. The Mountaineers snap a three-game skid and capture their third straight win over the Red Wolves.

After scoring just 14 points over the past three games combined, Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) broke out of her mini-scoring slump to score a game-high 18 points on an efficient 6-of-9 shooting from the field. The 18 points are the highest output when coming off the bench, while all six shots connected from 3-point range. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-best 10 rebounds. Plummer stuffed the stat sheet with four assists, three blocks, and a steal. Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) hung 12 points along with four rebounds and three helpers, while Mathews finished the game with nine points, four assists and three off the glass.

Contributions were received by everyone as App assisted on a staggering 22 of 25 field goals (88 percent) with six Mountaineers collecting multiple assists and five with at least three helpers. The bench also stepped up their game. On top of Gosnell's 18, Maya Calder added five points and three off the window including crunch-time rebounds in the fourth frame. The reserves combined to shoot 9-for-12 with 26 points and seven rebounds.

The 3-point shot for App was falling as it went 11-for-18 (61.1 percent) from deep. Appalachian has hit 10 or more 3-pointers in three games.

Both teams came out scorching in the first frame hitting 18-of-29 combined field goals and 10-for-15 from deep. Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) started the Mountaineers on a stretch of five straight baskets in a row to stretch a three-point lead into a 17-10 advantage following a Mathews trey. However, the Red Wolves clawed back to cut the deficit to one, 22-21. Wilson found Gosnell in transition for a corner trey just before the horn sounded to give the Black and Gold a 25-21 lead going into the second period.

App shot 10-for-13 from the floor while the 76.9 percent shooting was the highest out of any quarter, and all 10 field goals were assisted on.

Neither team could get any separation as the lead never grew larger than four points. Trailing 33-29 with 3:21 left in the half, Hampton sparked an 8-0 spurt with her second of three jumpers before back-to-back trifectas from Gosnell capped off the surge and gave App a 37-33 lead. However, the Red Wolves would score the final five points to take a one-point edge into the break.

A-State continued the hot shooting hitting six of its first nine shots to take its largest lead of the game at six, 53-47. App State then came back with a run of its own when Gosnell and Wilson converted back-to-back shots from 3-point land backed by a Plummer layup and another trifecta from the Demorest, Ga., native. The run gave App the three-point edge, 58-55, before Westbrook's free throw made the score 58-56.

Appalachian wouldn't relinquish the lead the rest of the game despite Arkansas State tying up the game on two occasions. The Black and Gold held a slim margin while the defense clamped down to limit A-State to 3-for-19 in the final frame including a stretch where the Red Wolves missed 16 straight shots and endured a 5:56 scoring drought. App didn't fare much better from the field hitting just two field goals, but both shots came in the final three minutes of the game when App need them the most.

The Mountaineers will look to keep the momentum going next week when they head Arlington, Texas to face UT Arlington on Thursday at 6 p.m. (ET).

"Today was a great effort from our team. We got back to running the floor and playing the brand of basketball we are capable of playing. When the team needed "one more", we executed."

- App State is 6-0 this season when shooting 40 percent or better from deep
- Despite Stanley not hitting a field goal, the freshman led the team in plus/minus with a plus-9 after scoring three points with four assists and three boards
- Plummer led the team in PER with 18
- Gosnell has scored in double figures in five games this season
- Wilson has reached double figures in 12 contests

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (12-9, 6-7) made it four victories in a row with a 74-55 South Atlantic Conference triumph over Lincoln Memorial (11-8, 7-6) Saturday afternoon at Tex Turner Arena.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Madi Suddreth, an Alexander Central grad, finished with 14 points – tying for the game-high – while junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists as the Bears limited the Lady Railsplitters to just 26 percent shooting (18-of-69) for the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne led by as many as 30 points – 68-38 with 5:31 left in the contest – in avenging an earlier setback to Lincoln Memorial in December at home. The Bears also shot 59 percent (27-of-46) for the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Ashley Rodriguez (Orlando, Fla.) scored exactly 11 points for the fifth straight contest.

Not only have the Bears won four consecutive games, but three of those contests have come away from Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lincoln Memorial’s Rachel Griffith (Oliver Springs, Tenn.) scored 14 points but was the lone player to score in double figures for the home team.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference game Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.

Girls basketball:
Northwestern Foothills:
Bunker Hill: 62
Draughn: 58

East Burke: 61
Patton: 44

Hibriten: 50
Fred T. Foard: 45

Freedom: 61
West Caldwell: 33

Hickory: 55
South Caldwell: 29

St. Stephens: 58
Alexander Central: 54

Watauga: 48
McDowell: 32

South Fork Athletic:
Lincolnton: 57
Bandys: 34

Maiden: 56
Lake Norman Charter: 39

Newton-Conover: 53
West Lincoln: 23

Boys basketball:
Northwestern Foothills:
Draughn: 78
Bunker Hill: 48

Fred T. Foard: 47
Hibriten: 40

Patton: 70
East Burke: 31

Freedom: 85
West Caldwell: 69

Hickory: 66
South Caldwell: 27

McDowell: 75
Watauga: 71

St. Stephens: 48
Alexander Central: 34

South Fork Athletic:
Lincolnton: 79
Bandys: 40

Maiden: 63
Lake Norman Charter: 50

Newton-Conover: 58
West Lincoln: 31

Sunday, 28 January 2018 20:33

App State Women's Tennis Falls to Virginia Tech

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Appalachian State University women's tennis (2-2) gave Virginia Tech (2-0) all it could handle in a 5-2 setback on Friday at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.

The Mountaineers started off with the doubles point capturing two of the three doubles matches, but the hosts claimed five of the six singles matches to nab the win.

Sandra Anglesjö (Norrkökoping, Östergötland, Sweden) and Emily Gaskins (Marietta, Ga./Walton) fell in the first completed doubles contest as the No. 2 in the lineup, 6-3, to Nika Kozar and Nina Sorkin. The Mountaineers kicked it into gear when Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) downed Eleza Cerezo-Codina and Sarah Born, 6-3, to improve to 2-2 thus far as partners. After the No. 1 pairing tied up the contest, Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia) fought for a 6-4 triumph against Shene Disbergen/ McKenzie Collins to give App the 1-0 lead.

With App leading, the Hokies responded winning the first four singles matches to clinch the victory and move to 2-0 on their first day of the season following an early win against ETSU. Zacarias gave App its only singles win of the evening as the No. 2 in the lineup, defeating Caroline Daxhelet, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4. Zacarias picked up the first frame before Daxhelet tied up the match and from that point on the freshman for App took control to earn her first singles win of the season.

Appalachian will have a week-long break before traveling to Norfolk, Va. for a pair of matches. The Mountaineers will face the Monarchs of Old Dominion on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. before facing Charlotte on Sunday at 2 p.m.

1. #25 Natalie Novotna (VT) def. Teodora Sevo (AppSt) 6-3, 6-4

2. Maria Zacarias (AppSt) def. Caroline Daxhelet (VT) 3-6, 6-1,4-6

3. Nika Kozar (VT) def. Taylor Bygrave (AppSt) 6-3,6-3

4. Katherine Butler (VT) def. Heidi Swope (AppSt) 6-2, 6-0

5. Nina Sorkin (VT) def. Melissa Machado(AppSt) 6-2, 6-0

6. Shene Disbergen (VT) def. Rebecca Morse (AppSt) 6-4, 1-6 (10-5)

Order of finish: 5,4,3,1*,6,2

1. Swope/Zacarias (AppSt) def. Cerezo-Codina/Baron (VT) 6-3

2. Kozar/Sorkin (VT) def. Anglesjo/Gaskins (AppSt) 6-3

3. Machado/Sevo (AppSt) def. Disbergen/Collins (VT) 6-4

Order of finish: 2,1,3*

Friday, 26 January 2018 08:34

CVCC Baseball Ranked 17th in Preseason NJCAA Poll

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The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team is ranked No. 17 in the first National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Div. II poll, which was released on Thursday.

This marks the sixth-straight year that the Red Hawks have been ranked in the preseason top-20 poll by the NJCAA.

“It’s nice to be acknowledged, but we are a long way from where we want to be,” said fourth-year CVCC head baseball coach Paul Rozzelle. “I hope our guys feel the same way, and I know they do. Being ranked 17th is great. Any number is really great because people out there know who you are, but for me to be honest with you it doesn’t mean a whole lot until you’ve got a number next to your name at the end of the season.”

CVCC is coming off a 31-25 baseball campaign in 2016-17, including a 16-10 mark in Region X play.

The Red Hawks had their sixth-consecutive All-American and first-ever National Player of the Year last season in outfielder Chandler Jenkins and their third-straight ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove winner in catcher Riley Smith.

This year’s CVCC baseball team includes three Junior College Players to Watch as named by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, including left-handed pitcher Julian Smith — an N.C. State signee — as well as first basemen David Graves and third baseman Graham Mitchell.

The CVCC baseball team opens its season on Saturday, Feb. 10 with a home doubleheader against the Piedmont International JV team. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

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