Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard will bookend championship weekend of the high school boys soccer state championship.
Fred T. Foard will compete in the 3-A final on Saturday morning at 11:05. The final game of the weekend will be the 2-A contest, starting at 8:05 p.m with Newton-Conover.
The program opens with the 3-A game, which will see a perennial power take on a newcomer to the finals. Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (22-2-1), in its seventh NCHSAA final, will take on Fred T. Foard (22-5-2) of Catawba County, in its first trip to the championship.
Gibbons is led offensively by sophomore Drew Rabil, who has scored 23 goals for the Crusaders, while Foard is a well-balanced team with four players with 10 or more goals and two of them, Wyatt Shely and Zach Durham, with over 20. The Tigers were 1-3-1 early in the season and have gotten red hot.
The final game of the day will send the Nighthawks of Kill Devil Hills First Flight (24-0-1) against the Red Devils of Newton-Conover (25-1).
First Flight makes its second consecutive trip to the finals after losing a tough 2-1 decision to Salisbury last year. The Nighthawks are an explosive offensive team paced by Graham Smalley (45 goals) and Ricky Sanchez (31 goals). Newton-Conover counters with Alan Esperilla (29 goals, 31 assists) and the Red Devils have outscored their playoff foes 18-1 in five postseason matches.
Tickets will be eight dollars at the gate.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2014 STATE MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dail Soccer Field, North Carolina State University
Saturday, November 15
Class 3-A--11:05 am
Cardinal Gibbons High School Crusaders (22-2-1) vs. Fred T. Foard High School Tigers (22-5-2)
Class 2-A--8:05 pm
First Flight High School Nighthawks (24-0-1) vs. Newton-Conover High School Red Devils (25-1)
Rallying behind a late Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) goal in the 78th minute, Appalachian State University men’s soccer advanced to the Sun Belt Conference tournament semifinals in what was its third-straight victory in a 1-0 win over NJIT – the second win against the Highlanders in as many games.
The victory for the Mountaineers puts them in a semifinal match with the No. 1 seeded Hartwick Hawks on Friday, November 14. Kick off for that match is slated for 3 p.m. App State drew Hartwick 0-0 in two overtimes earlier this season in New York.
“It was always going to be a tough game against a team that we played less than a week ago,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “Both teams created chances and we showed enough quality up top to get the goal. Now we need to prepare ourselves mentally and physically for a very tough game tomorrow afternoon.”
On Thursday evening, the Mountaineers (7-7-3) seemingly controlled possession for the majority of both halves and generated more shots and scoring chances than the Highlanders. In the first 45 minutes, App State outshot NJIT 11-6 and held a 3-2 advantage in shots on frame. Both teams went into the locker room tied at 0-0.
The second half was more of the same from the composed Mountaineers. After knocking on the door all game, Appalachian finally broke through at the 77:49 mark when Chapman tallied his third goal in as many games for the eventual game-winner.
Chapman was able to beat Christian Foust diving to his left and placed it in the lower right part of the goal to propel the Black and Gold to the semifinals. The Greensboro, N.C. native led the Mountaineers with seven shots, including four on goal.
Keegan Tanaka (Austin, Texas/James Bowie) and Patrick Harrow (Davidson, N.C./North Mecklenburg) both collected three shots a piece, while Alex Herbst (Apex, N.C./Apex) tallied two and Ben Steen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman), Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley), Mason McCarter (Shelby, N.C./Shelby) and Walker White (Frisco, Texas/Justin Wakeland) recorded one shot each.
Paul West came up huge for the Mountaineers and made five saves, his most since Sept. 30 at Duke, while earning his third clean sheet of the season.
The win also marked the first postseason tournament victory for the Mountaineers since the 2012 Southern Conference tournament when App State defeated College of Charleston 2-1.
Appalachian State University men’s soccer had six athletes named to Sun Belt all-conference teams, the league announced on Thursday.
“Congrats to these guys. They work very hard in the off-season and throughout the year to put themselves in positions to win these awards,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “I’m proud of these guys and their teammates for putting them in position to be honored with this recognition.”
Senior forward Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley), junior midfielder Alex Herbst (Apex, N.C./Apex) and junior defender Alex Beranger (Meudon, France/ Lyceé Rabelais) earned first-team recognition. A trio of Mountaineer sophmores are represented on the second-team with striker Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford), midfielder Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) and defender Ben Steen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman).
Broaden led the conference in shots (46), points (14), points per game (0.88), goals (7), goals per game (0.44) and game-winning goals (4). The Wilmington, N.C. native is also ranked 19th nationally in game-winning goals and 70th in total goals.
He scored game-winners against Presbyterian, Marshall, USC Upstate and Jacksonville. The senior also earned a Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week honor for the week of Sept. 16.
Herbst also earned first-team honors and led the league in assists (8) and assists per game (0.50), which ranks him 13th and ninth in the nation, respectively. Herbst played a pivotal role in the Mountaineer midfield in 2014 and proved to be the number one table-setter for goals scored.
Beranger was the last first-team selection for App State. The junior transfer provided two goals from the backline this season, while also playing stellar defense for the Mountaineers. Beranger was also awarded Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 16.
On the all-conference second-team, Chapman has been a huge asset in his second campaign wearing the Black and Gold. The sophomore tallied two goals on 27 shots in 2014 – both goals came in a 3-2 win at Longwood, including the game-winner.
Another table-setter in the midfield, Japp collected one goal and four assists this season. The Oakridge, N.C. native finished second in the conference in assists and assists per game behind Herbst. The sophomore scored his lone goal in a 2-2 draw at Howard. He tallied both assists in a 2-1 win over Jacksonville.
Finally, one of the staples of the App State defense was recognized for his play this season. Steen was a huge asset for coach Nelson and was one of the more reliable defenders on the pitch. The Mooresville, N.C. native made it easier on both Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex) and Holland Hammond (Jacksonville, N.C./Jacksonville) in goal.
The Mountaineers will begin its quest for a Sun Belt title on Thursday, Nov. 13 when they challenge NJIT. Kick off is slated for 6:30 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Haley Rhyne was named to the 2014 All-South Atlantic Conference Volleyball First Team while Brooke Redmond earned league freshman-of-the-year honors.
Rhyne, a senior outside hitter from Statesville, N.C., leads the team in hitting percentage (.292) and blocks (106) in addition to 271 kills and 118 digs.
Rhyne ranks third on school’s all-time list for kills with 1,254 and earned all-league first-team accolades for the third consecutive season. Rhyne was also the team's first-ever all-region selection last year.
Redmond, a redshirt freshman middle blocker from Statesville, N.C., leads the team in kills this season with 300 to go along with 308 digs and 51 blocks.
In addition, junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) has been named to the All-SAC Honorable Mention Team for the Bears. Gottberg, a two-time league specialist of the week, has 1,074 assists, 307 digs and 46 blocks on the season. Gottberg ranks third in the league in assists per set (9.85) as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne (21-8) will be the fifth seed in the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship and will host fourth-seeded Tusculum (16-14) in the Quarterfinal Round on Friday at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 2:30 p.m. The Bears are also ranked sixth in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll.
2014 All-South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Teams
Hailey Pittman, MB, Anderson
Shelly Stumpff, OH, Wingate
Rachel Harper, OH, Carson-Newman
Alison Cooke, S, Wingate
Lexi Potter, MB, Wingate
Jenna Wilson, MB, Carson-Newman
Haley Rhyne, OH, Lenoir-Rhyne
Moriah Jones, L, Tusculum
Shannon Gillespie, OH, Anderson
Kristen Pickett, S, Carson-Newman
Megan Hasse, OH, Tusculum
Susie Murach, OH, Wingate
Abby Saehler, MB, Wingate
Mary Kate Griffin, OH, Mars Hill
Kiera Holland, OH, Lincoln Memorial
Alix Hooker, L, Anderson
Jessica King, MB, Newberry
Briana Gottberg, S, Lenoir-Rhyne
Kiayna O'Neal, OH, Carson-Newman
Lauren Santarelli, OH, Carson-Newman
Rachel Garnett, RS, Tusculum
Logan Hayward, OH, Newberry
Laryssa Welch, MB, Tusculum
Kori Adams, L, Wingate
Brooke Redmond, MB, Lenoir-Rhyne
Kiera Holland, OH, Lincoln Memorial
Rebecca Butler, OH, Mars Hill
Laryssa Welch, MB, Tusculum
Katie Bludau, OH, Wingate
Sydney Kunz, S, Queens
SAC Player of the Year: Hailey Pittman, MB, Anderson
SAC Freshman of the Year: Brooke Redmond, MB, Lenoir-Rhyne
Hitting Percentage: Hailey Pittman, Anderson (0.416)
Kills Per Set: Hailey Pittman, Anderson (3.63)
Assists Per Set: Kristen Pickett, Carson-Newman (10.41)
Blocks Per Set: Jenna Wilson, Carson-Newman (1.19)
Service Aces Per Set: Shelly Stumpff, Wingate (0.63)
Digs Per Set: Aleksandra Vrvilo, Brevard (5.55)
Team Hitting Percentage: Wingate (0.278)
Team Assists Per Game: Wingate (13.18)
Team Kills Per Game: Wingate (14.13)
Team Winning Percentage: Wingate (0.933)
Team Opponent Hitting Percentage: Wingate (0.120)
Team Blocks Per Game: Lenoir-Rhyne (2.11)
Team Service Aces Per Game: Wingate (2.21)
Team Digs Per Game: Mars Hill (18.53)
Appalachian State University men’s basketball head coach Jim Fox announced the signing of two players to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. The guard tandem of Ronshad Allen-Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) and Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) will join the Mountaineers for the 2015-16 campaign to help bolster the team’s backcourt.
“These two student athletes will make our Appalachian community proud,” said Fox. “They have talked about how proud they will be to wear the black and gold. They talked about how important it is to represent our university both on the court, in the classroom, and in the community.”
The signings of Allen-Shabazz and Logan mark the fourth and fifth players to sign with Appalachian since Fox was named head coach in April. Three others (Jake Babic, Griffin Kinney and Milos Kostic) signed on in May and will play for App State this season.
6-3 • 210 • Guard
AAU Team CP3
Allen-Shabazz will join the Mountaineers after an outstanding prep career that has seen him earn all-conference accolades while becoming one of the region’s top high school players. As a junior at Knightdale High School (N.C.), Allen-Shabazz averaged 25 points, four rebounds and two steals per game while finishing second in the state of North Carolina in scoring. As a senior, he is currently playing at national powerhouse Huntingon Prep (W.Va.) and has scored 16, 12 and 12 points, respectively, in his first three games for the Fighting Irish, who are currently ranked No. 6 in the nation. Allen-Shabazz chose Appalachian State over offers from Bowling Green, Buffalo and Delaware. He also garnered interest from national powers Maryland and Pittsburgh, as well as most Division I schools throughout the region.
Fox’s Comments: “Ronshad was one of the first players we recruited when we arrived in Boone. He brings a versatility and toughness to the court that fits well with our program. Shad is someone that loves to play, is always trying to get better and wants to be great both in the classroom and on the court. We are thrilled to welcome he and his family to the Appalachian family.”
6-2 • 185 • Guard
AAU South Carolina Elite
Logan will come to Appalachian after earning all-state honors in each of his first three years of high school ball. As a sophomore, Logan averaged 20.2 points, 3.2 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. He followed that up by averaging 19.5 points, 5.8 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game as a junior en route to all-area 4A Player of the Year honors. In addition, he was named as a three-time region 4A Player of the Year and is currently the all-time scoring leader in White Knoll history (1,268 points). Combined with his point total as a freshman before transferring to White Knoll, Logan has ammassed 1,742 career points. Logan chose Appalachian State over offers from Charleston Southern, Georgia Southern, Presbyterian, Winthrop and Wofford. His father, Demond, was a tight end on the football team at Auburn University.
Fox’s Comments: “Watching Emarius play, what stood out was that he is a leader and tough as nails. He too is someone that is always trying to get better. He will be someone who will be in the gym all the time. He has that versatility we are looking for. He is dangerous off the dribble but is also someone that can consistently shoot the three. He is also not afraid to roll up his sleeves and guard people. As with Shad, we are thrilled to welcome E and his family to our family.”
The Red Devils advance to the state championship where they will take on First Flight.
Fred T. Foard: 2
The Tigers advance to the state championship game as they take on Cardinal Gibbons.
The Davidson Men's Basketball Team broke open a close contest in the second half on its way to an 83-56 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne in an exhibition Tuesday night at the John M. Belk Arena.
The Wildcats' Jack Gibbs (Westerville, Ohio) led all scorers with 27 points as Davidson outscored Lenoir-Rhyne by 30 points after halftime in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) finished with a team-high 16 points and four three-pointers as the Bears couldn't hold a 33-30 edge at halftime.
Peyton Aldridge (Leavittsburg, Ohio) and Jordan Barham (Cleveland, Ohio) each scored 11 points as well for Davidson, who shot 65 percent (15-of-23) in the second half.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Mike Wagner (Elizabethton, Tenn.) came off the bench to score 11 points and junior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) added nine points and seven rebounds in the losing effort.
The Bears were also hurt at the charity stripe - hitting just nine-of-25 free throw attempts - and turned the ball over 17 times in the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2014-15 season on Friday against UNC Pembroke in the South Atlantic Conference/Peach Belt Conference Challenge at 6:00 p.m., at Goodman Gymnasium in Salisbury, N.C.
The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team defeated the Limestone JV squad 84-58 Tuesday night.
Trevin Miller scored 16 to lead the Red Hawks. Every player on the team scored as the Red Hawks improve to 3-1 on the season.
CVCC is in the Region X Blast-Off Tournament at Davidson CC on Friday.
For the second consecutive year, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team (16-3-2) will host one part of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex.
Lenoir-Rhyne is the second seed in the tournament and will face the winner of third-seeded North Georgia (16-4-1) and Belmont Abbey (12-6-2) on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., in the second round. The first round match between the Nighthawks and the Crusaders is scheduled for Friday at 2:00 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked No. 22 in NCAA Division II, has earned its fifth consecutive trip to the national postseason tournament. The Bears are 12-0-1 in their last 13 contests and won the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship.
North Georgia is ranked 16th in the nation and received an at-large bid while Belmont Abbey earned an automatic qualifying berth after defeating Pfeiffer by a 1-0 score Sunday in the Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship.
The other half of the Southeast Regional Tournament takes place in Columbus, Ga., and features No. 1-seed Columbus State (19-0-1), No. 4 Armstrong State (13-4) and fifth-seeded Wingate (12-2-4).
The two winners of each region will advance to the third round to be played on Friday, November 21. The national quarterfinal match-up will be on Sunday, November 23, against the champion from the South Regional.
Both the third and quarterfinal rounds will be hosted by the highest remaining seed from the South Region. The national semifinals and championships will be played on Thursday, December 4, and Saturday, December 6, respectively, at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium in Louisville, Ky., on the campus of Bellarmine University.
2014 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament
November 14 & 16, 2014 - Hickory, N.C.
Friday, November 14
No. 3 North Georgia (16-4-1) vs. No. 6 Belmont Abbey (12-6-2), 2 p.m.
Sunday, November 16
North Georgia/Belmont Abbey winner at No. 2 Lenoir-Rhyne (16-3-2), 1 p.m.
November 14 & 16, 2014 - Columbus, Ga.
Columbus State, host
Friday, November 14
No. 4 Armstrong State (13-4) vs. No. 5 Wingate (12-2-4), 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 16
Armstrong State/Wingate winner at No. 1 Columbus State (19-0-1), 1 p.m.
Kickoff times for Appalachian State University football’s final two games of the 2014 season have been set, Appalachian State athletics and the Sun Belt Conference announced on Monday. Appalachian State’s Nov. 22 contest at UL Lafayette will start at 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. CT) and air live on ESPN3 while the Mountaineers’ Nov. 29 season finale versus Idaho at Kidd Brewer Stadium will kick off at 2 p.m.
Appalachian State will celebrate both Fan Appreciation Day and Senior Day in conjunction with the Nov. 29 home contest against Idaho. Appalachian State athletics is also in the process of finalizing a number of promotions and ticket specials that will allow fans to enjoy both the game and the beginning of the holiday season in the High Country. Details will be announced soon.
Additionally, although the game time has been finalized a week earlier than anticipated, Appalachian State athletics will continue to honor its Early Bird Ticket promotion for the Idaho contest through Sunday, Nov. 16. For details, visit appstatesports.com/promos.
While the 2 p.m. kickoff time is set, television arrangements for the Nov. 29 duel between the Mountaineers and Vandals will not be determined until next week.