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Sports Illustrated recognized Madison Bumgarner as the 2014 Sportsman of the Year on Monday.

The South Caldwell grad will be featured on the cover of the December 15 issue of Sports Illustrated with a featured article written by Tom Verducci.

According to Sports Illustrated, Bumgarner is the first San Fransico Giant and seventh Major League Baseball pitcher to earn the award that has been handed out annualy since the magazine's inception in 1954.

Sunday, 07 December 2014 22:41

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Edged Out by Brevard

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The Brevard Men’s Basketball Team (1-6, 1-3) picked up its first win of the season, 59-56, over Lenoir-Rhyne (3-5, 1-3) Sunday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference game.

The Tornados’ Darius Moose (Salisbury, N.C.), the league’s leading scorer, finished with a game-high 32 points to go along with nine rebounds as Brevard rallied from an 11-point deficit late in the first half to take the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) scored a team-high 18 points to go along with four three-pointers – all in the first half – despite the loss.

Trevon Shaw (St. Helena Island, S.C.) added 14 points for the Tornados, who limited the Bears to just 32 percent shooting (seven-of-22) and 19 points after halftime in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) added 11 points in the losing effort. The Bears hit seven three-pointers in the game but none after intermission.

With the score tied at 54 with 1:28 left, Brevard’s Jaylon Debardlabon (Childersburg, Ala.) hit the game-winning lay-up as Tornados reeled off five straight points to ice the game. Debardlabon (10 points) finished in double figures as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Carson-Newman in a South Atlantic Conference game on the road Wednesday at 8:00 p.m., in Jefferson City, Tenn.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (3-4, 2-2) earned its second straight victory with a 58-50 triumph over Brevard (0-6, 0-4) Sunday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior All-American guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) led the way once again with 19 points and 13 rebounds including 16 points before intermission while sophomore forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) tallied a double-double as well – 11 points and 14 rebounds – as the Bears improved to 18-0 all-time against the Tornados.

Chelsea Turner (Hickory, N.C.) added a team-high 16 points including four treys off the bench as the Tornados rallied from an 18-point deficit to tie the game late in the second half but the Bears were able to overcome the Tornados.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 31-13 edge late in the first half but Brevard rallied to tie the contest at 47-all before Charles gave the Bears the lead for good with a free throw with 5:56 left in the contest.

The free throw was the first point of a 9-0 run by the Bears which put the contest away. Lenoir-Rhyne also limited Brevard to just 30 percent shooting (17-of-57) for the game.

Madison Lenox (Raleigh, N.C.) also finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Tornados, who continue to search for their first win of the season. Lenoir-Rhyne held a 48-40 advantage in rebounding as well and forced Brevard into 15 turnovers.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Jefferson City, Tenn., to face Carson-Newman on Wednesday in a South Atlantic Conference game at 6:00 p.m.

Buoyed by a late 16-5 run, Hofstra defeated Appalachian State University men’s basketball, 68-51, on Sunday afternoon at the Holmes Center.

Appalachian State (3-3) took a 37-36 lead on a slam dunk by Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military Academy [Purdue]) with 12:34 to go but Hofstra’s 16-5 run over the next eight minutes gave the Pride a commanding 52-42 advantage with 4:36 to go in the ballgame. Hofstra (6-2) made 10-of-10 free throws down the stretch to seal the win and snap Appalachian’s three-game winning streak.

Turnovers were the story of the game, as Appalachian State committed 15 compared to just four for Hofstra. The Pride outscored the Mountaineers, 21-5, off turnovers.

In a highly-entertaining first half, the Pride was able to grab a nine-point lead (19-10) with 10:08 to play thanks to a 12-2 run. With Hofstra trailing 8-7, Juan’ya Green hit a jumper and the Pride scored on each of its next to trips to help push its lead to 14-8.

After Appalachian answered on Lawson’s layup on the ensuing possession to make it 14-10, Hofstra scored five-straight, including a three by Jamall Robinson, to push the lead to nine points.

The Mountaineers battled back, reeling off an 8-0 run of their own to draw within one on a Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) foul shot five minutes later. The Pride responded with another 5-0 run to take a 27-20 lead with 3:08 remaining in the half, but Appalachian ended the half on a 6-2 run and trailed just 29-26 at the break.

With Appalachian leading by one following Lawson’s dunk at the 12:34 mark, Hofstra scored 16 of the next 20 points to take its first double-digit lead of the game (52-42) with4:36 to play and put the game completely out of reach.

Eaves led the Mountaineers in scoring for the fifth-straight game with 13 points while Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) and Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County [Radford]) each poured in eight. Dustin Clarke (Newland, N.C./Avery County [Hartford]) finished as the team’s leading rebounder with eight boards and Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) tied for a game-high with three assists.

Hofstra saw five players score in double figures, led by Green’s game-high 17. Ameen Tanksley scored 13 points while Dion Nesmith had 11. Brian Bernardi and Malik Nichols added 10 each and Nichols led all players with 10 rebounds.

On the day, Appalachian shot just 34.0 percent (18-of-53) from the floor, including a 3-of-17 mark from beyond the arc. The Mountaineers did look good at the free-throw line, connecting on 75.0 percent (12-of-16) from the charity stripe.

Hofstra, which entered the game shooting an impressive 47.7 percent, was held to just 40.4 percent on 23-of-57 shooting. In addition, the Pride connected on just 33.3 percent (6-of-18) from deep, despite entering the contest ranked sixth nationally in three-point shooting (43.3 percent).

The Mountaineers pulled down 41 rebounds to Hofstra’s 34 but dished out just six assists and turned the ball over 15 times.

Appalachian State returns to action when it heads to Georgia Tech on Dec. 15. The trip to Atlanta will be followed by road contests at Charlotte (Dec. 18) and Alabama (Dec. 21) to round out the calendar year.

NOTES: Appalachian State fell to 0-1 all-time against Hofstra and 79-78 against current members of the Colonial Athletic Association ... Eaves has now scored 47 of his team-leading 102 points from the free-throw line ... App State held Hofstra 12 points under its season average (80.1) ... Clarke’s eight rebounds were a career high ... Appalachian State head coach Jim Fox’s brother, Jeff, played at Hofstra from 1997-2001 and was a member of two NCAA Tournament teams ... Tab Hamilton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Fishburne Military Academy) scored three points and needs just 89 shy of scoring 1,000 for his career.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams opened the 2014-15 indoor season by setting several school records Saturday at the JDL Kickoff Classic.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior All-American Kevin Baxter (Columbia, S.C.) won the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.96 seconds, just .03 seconds of his own school record. The time, however, was good enough to qualify as a provisional for the 2015 NCAA Division II National Championships which take place on March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Zach Millsaps (Statesville, N.C.) finished seventh in the men’s 3,000-meter run with a school-record time of 8:55 while freshman Jacob Hall (Lenoir, N.C.) placed third in the men’s 300-meter dash in 36.36 seconds, also a new program mark.

In the men’s weight throw, sophomore Anthony Downs (Chapin, S.C.) finished third with a school-record toss of 51’8.25” for the Bears.

On the women’s side, Lenoir-Rhyne junior Vertrice Wilson (Carrollton, Ga.) ran the 60-meter hurdles in a school-record time of 9.44 seconds while sophomore Domonique Jones (Greensboro, Ga.) placed 16th overall in the shot put (a program-best 34’9”).

Finally, sophomore Sina Livingston (Greenwood, S.C.) and senior AnQuinette Crawford (Winston-Salem, N.C.) set new women’s indoor team marks in the 60-meter and 300-meter dashes with times of 8.09 and 47.94 seconds, respectively. Livingston placed 32nd overall while Crawford finished 45th for the Bears.

Appalachian State University women's basketball fell to old Southern Conference foe Furman on Saturday afternoon with a score of 84-79.

Led by Maryah Sydnor's 32 points, the Mountaineers (3-3) rallied late in the game to trail by just three points with five minutes to play, but time ran out for Appalachian as the Paladins (6-3) took the game in the remaining minutes.

The Mountaineers immediately trailed as Furman opened the game up with a three-pointer from Whitney Bunn. The Apps stayed with the Paladins, tying the game at 13 and then taking the lead by one point off a free throw from Joi Jones at the 15:45 minute mark.

The Paladins began to pull away with 9:08 to play in the first half, going on a 11-0 run to lead 35-24. App State attempted to catch up but could not stop Furman's point guard Bunn, who led the Paladins with 19 points in the first 20 minutes as the Mountaineers trailed 46-33 at halftime.

Sydnor led the Apps with 14 points in the first as the Mountaineers shot 33.3 (11-33) percent from the floor. Furman was led by Bunn's 19 points, while the team recorded a 50.0 (18-36) percent field goal percentage.

Katie Mallow opened the second half with a three-pointer to cut Furman's lead to ten points, but the Paladins continued to shoot well, stretching the lead to 19 points to make the score 65-46 with 14:22 to play.

Things looked dim for Appalachian until Mallow's three-pointer at the 13:43 minute mark started an amazing Mountaineer rally. The Apps went on a 17-4 run over the next six minutes to cut Furman's lead to just six points with a score of 69-63 and 8:25 to play.

Furman's Holli Wilkins hit two layups to put the Paladins up by ten points, but Appalachian would not back down, as Bria Huffman and Madi Story each scored two points to put the Apps down by six points.

Ashley Bassett-Smith would get a steal on Furman's next possession, giving the ball to the Mountaineers and helping Maryah Sydnor to a huge shot from behind the arc to make the score 73-70 with 5:21 to play.

Furman's Wilkins responded with five points to put the Paladins back up, but Appalachian scored five of their own, trailing 82-79 with 1:06 to play.

The Mountaineers needed a three-pointer on their last possession to tie up the game, but could not convert as their exciting rally fell short and Furman took the game, 84-79.

Sydnor led all players in the loss with 32 points and nine rebounds, while Mallow followed with 15 points. KeKe Cooper helped the Apps on the boards, also recording nine.

Appalachian shot 38.8 percent from the field, tallying 44 rebounds and 17 turnovers.

Furman was led by Bunn's 26 points and Wilkins' 24. The Paladins recorded a 45.1 percent field goal percentage, while notching 42 rebounds and 17 turnovers.

The Mountaineers return to action when they travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. to take on no. six-ranked North Carolina on Sunday, Dec. 14.

The Appalachian State University men’s track and field team enjoyed much success in its indoor season opener. The Mountaineers finished second at the Appalachian Open, which they hosted on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6. App State finished with 109.5 points.

Senior William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill) had a tremendous day on the track for the Mountaineers. Buckley broke App State’s indoor 200m dash record at Holmes Center with a second-place time of 21.77. The senior also placed first in the 55m dash with a time of 6.45 – also a personal-best.

Freshman Kimani Hoffman (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale) also began the season on a high note. Hoffman finished fourth in the triple jump behind senior teammate Henry Bustle. Hoffman jumped 48-4.75, while Bustle jumped 48-5.25.

Hoffman also clinched the long jump with a first-place jump of 24-1.50. The freshman also third in the 55m dash with a time of 6.46, while also a member of the Mountaineers’ second-place 4x300m relay team who finished in a time of 2:22.78.

Two other first-place finishes for the Mountaineers came in the mile and 800m runs. Freshman Ariel Shores (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford) finished first in the mile with a time of 4:38.69, edging second-place by nearly two-tenths of a second. In the 800m run, freshman Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) nipped his second-place opponent and won with a time of 1:56.38.

The Apps got a third-place finish in the pole vault with sophomore Matt Layne (Wilkesboro, N.C./West Wilkes) clearing 15-1.00, while earning 5.50 team points.

In the shot put, the Black and Gold earned a second and fourth-place finish with Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) and John Leonard (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford). Milch threw a distance of 50-6.25 and Leonard threw 49-11.25 – both indoor personal-bests.

App State will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 10 when they travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. for the Wake Forest Invitational.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field opened up its indoor season on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6 when it hosted eight other schools at the Appalachian Open from Holmes Center. Appalachian placed second with 118.64 points.

The Mountaineers earned four first-place finishes over the two-day event. Senior Brianna Tate (Summerfield, N.C./Grimsley) won the shot put with a throw of 48-0.00 feet. Tate won the shot put at last year’s Southern Conference indoor and outdoor championships.

After enjoying a successful cross country season, Shelby Howell (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) won the one mile run with a time of 5:29.01, topping the second-place finisher by over 30 seconds.

Freshmen Kaytlyn Gill (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) and Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) also placed first for the Apps. Gill finished atop the women’s triple jump with a jump of 39-6.50 to earn 10 points for App State. Meanwhile, Welborn won the high jump by clearing 5-7.25.

Micah Hanks (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) enjoyed a nice day with a second-place finish in the 55m dash, while also finishing fourth in the 200m dash.

The Mountaineers also garnered four student-athletes who posted personal-bests on the afternoon. In the 400m dash, sophomore Brooke Brekke (Neillsville, Wis./Neillsville) posted a PR with a time of 1:01.02.

In field events, Sydney Cook (Boone, N.C./Watauga) posted a PR in the pole vault by clearing 12-0.00 and sophomore Krystal Clarke (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) was able to top her mark in the long jump by notching 18-5.25.

The Black and Gold will now have until Saturday, Jan. 10 when they travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. for the Wake Forest Invitational.

Sunday, 07 December 2014 22:27

CVCC Men Fall to Ninth Ranked Team

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Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team fell to ninth ranked Richard Bland College 90-70 on the road Saturday.

Anthony Atkins paced CVCC with 13 points. Ray'Quelle Days added 12 and Devonte Phillips had 10 in the losing effort.

The Red Hawks fall to 4-6 on the season. They will host Bryant and Stratton College of Virginia on Friday.

Sunday, 07 December 2014 20:40

Appalachian State Wrestling Split Matches at Home

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Appalachian State University wrestling welcomed Ohio and Belmont Abbey to the a Varsity Gym on Friday night. The Mountaineers (2-5) spilt results in the two matches, falling to Ohio (26-15) and then dominating Belmont Abbey (42-4).

Appalachian started the meet against Ohio at the 174 weight class. The Apps fell behind early when Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) fell via technical fall against No. 11 Cody Walters. Marcus Johnson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) and Tyler Radford (Marion, N.C./McDowell) then dropped back-to-back decisions at 184 and 197, respectively to give Ohio an 11 point advantage.

SoCon wrestling athlete of the month, Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) continued to tear through his opponents and won by fall against Zach Parker 2:33 into the match. At 125, Dominic Parisi (Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson) made it back-to-back pins and pushed the Mountaineers into the lead, 12-11.

Ohio started would gain the momentum back after Kagan Squire defeated Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) by 9-7 decision. The Bobcats started to pull away after a 13-8 win by Noah Forrider over Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago), followed by No. 8 Tywan Claxton pin of Javon Johnson (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs) made gave Ohio a 23-12 lead.

Zack Strickland (Muncy, Pa./Muncy) dropped an overtime decision at 157 to No. 17 Spartak Chino. Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) got the only victory over a nationally ranked opponent when he defeated No. 18 Harrison Hightower at 165.

After a tough loss, the Mountaineers responded and won big against Belmont Abbey. Appalachian started with two-straight pins from Przybysz at 174 and Marcus Johnson at 184 to jump out to a 12-0 lead.

At 197, Radford earned a 3-0 decision against Mathew Perez. Dejournette improved to a perfect 17-0 on the year after a major decision victory over Chaas Delgado.

Parisi recorded his second pin of the night against Patrick Mestrez 4:42 into the bout. Jacob Grigg (Gastonia, N.C./East Gaston) then made it two pins in a row when he pinned William Rees just :36 into the match to give Appalachian a commanding 31-0 advantage. Then Longo defeated Clemente Narviaz by technical fall at 141.

The Knights got their lone victory at 149 when Scott Bosak defeated Javon Johnson by major decision. The Mountaineers ended the night with two decision wins from Strickland at 157 and Colton Jackson (Lady Lake, Fla./The Villages) at 165.

Ohio 26, App 15
174- Cody Walters (O) tech. fall Forrest Przybysz (A), 15-0 5-0, Ohio
184- Andrew Romanchik (O) def. Marcus Johnson (A), 5-4 8-0, Ohio
197- Phil Wellington (O) def. Tyler Radford (A), 8-3 11-0, Ohio
Hwt- Denzel Dejournette (A) pinned Zach Parker (O) (2:33) 11-6, Ohio
125- Dominic Parisi (A) pinned KeVon Powel (O) (1:28) 12-11, App
133- Kagan Squire (O) def. Vito Pasone (A), 9-7 14-12, Ohio
141- Noah Forrider (O) def Mike Longo (A), 13-8 17-12, Ohio
149- Tywan Claxton (O) pinned Javon Johnson (A), (5:20) 23-12, Ohio
157- Sparty Chino (O) def. Zack Strickland (A), 3-1 (TB-1) 26-12, Ohio
165- Nick Kee (A) def. Harrison Hightower (O), 5-3 26-15, Ohio
Appalachian 42, Belmont Abbey 4
174- Forrest Przybysz (A) pinned Patrick Argast (B), (4:17) 6-0, App
184- Marcus Johnson (A) pinned Gerry Vassil (B), (3:24) 12-0, App
197- Tyler Radford (A) def. Perez (B), 3-0 15-0, App
Hwt- Denzel Dejournette (A) def. Chaas Delgado (B), 13-1 19-0, App
125- Dominic Parisi (A) pinned Patrick Mestrez (B), (4:42) 25-0, App
133- Jacob Grigg (A) pinned William Rees (B), (0:36) 31-0, App
141- Michael Longo (A) tech. fall Clemente Narviaz (B), 19-4 36-0, App
149- Scott Bosak (B) def. Javon Johnson (A), 8-0 36-4, App
157- Zack Strickland (A) def. Daniel Callahan (B), 8-6 39-4, App
165- Colton Jackson (A) def. Bo Ransom (B), 4-1 42-4, App

The Hickory Crawdads are proud to announce a new partnership with Sam's Club of Hickory, which will provide free tickets to all active and retired military personnel throughout the 2015 season as a part of the Sam's Club Military Ticket Deal.

The Sam's Club Military Ticket Deal will allow any active or retired member of the armed forces or their spouses to receive two complimentary tickets to any of the Crawdads 70 home games with a valid military ID. As one of the few teams in Minor League Baseball to offer free military tickets throughout the season, the Crawdads gave away more than 3,000 complimentary tickets to members of the armed forces in 2014.

"At Sam's Club, we greatly appreciate the men and women of the armed forces who have served and continue serve our country," said Sam's Club of Hickory's Club Manager Tim Hasson. "They have dedicated their lives to our country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment. We are proud to partner with the Hickory Crawdads to honor all military personnel. In addition, Sam's Club always offers a $15 gift card for all new and renewing Sam's Club active duty and veteran members. I want to thank each of you and your families for the sacrifices that you make."

Sam's Club Military Tickets can be redeemed in person at the L.P. Frans Stadium box office up to a week in advance of any Crawdads home game.

For more information regarding the Sam's Club Military Ticket Deal, call the Crawdads front office at (828) 322-3000.