Appalachian State men's track & field sophomore Jordan Johnson (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth) has been named Sun Belt Field Athlete of the Week.
Johnson posted a record breaking performance at the Appalachian Open on Saturday, capturing the long jump with a distance of 25-2.00 (7.67 meters). His mark broke a 31-year school record of 21-1.25, set by Michael Hanks in 1987. The mark also set a Holmes Center record.
Johnson's distance currently ranks 10th in the nation in the long jump and is the top mark in the Sun Belt.
He has competed in the long jump in two meets this season, winning both of them. He also recorded a first place finish at the Mountaineer Open on December 9, covering a distance of 23-11.75.
The Mountaineers will compete on Friday and Saturday at the Marshall Invitational in Huntington, W. Va.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Iulia Ponomareva was named to the 2018 All-South Atlantic Conference Women’s Tennis Preseason Singles Second Team, league officials announced earlier today.
In addition, the Bears were picked eighth in the league head coaches preseason poll while Tusculum and Wingate finished in a first-place tie with 101 points each.
Ponomareva, a junior from Smolensk, RUSSIA, earned All-SAC honors in 2017 after finishing 12-9 overall including a 7-4 mark in league competition while playing either first or second singles.
Ponomareva also notched five victories in doubles play last year.
Lenoir-Rhyne, 2-0 already on the season after picking up the two wins in the fall, returns to the court on Thursday, February 1, to face Young Harris at home at the YMCA of Catawba Valley.
2018 South Atlantic Conference Women's Tennis
Preseason Head Coaches Poll
1t. Tusculum (5) 101
1t. Wingate (4) 101
3. Queens (2) 95
4. Anderson 86
5. Lincoln Memorial 70
6. Carson-Newman 64
7. Newberry 60
8. Lenoir-Rhyne 48
9. Catawba 35
10. Coker 32
11. Mars Hill 23
2018 All-South Atlantic Conference
Preseason Women's Tennis Teams
1. Franziska Funke/Katarina Majorova, Tusculum
2. Maria Garcia/Oroma Womeodu, Wingate
3. Johanna Delisse/Julia Loos, Lincoln Memorial
1. Alisa Liashova/Klara Vuckovic, Carson-Newman
2. Laura Dean/Jacqueline Olivia, Anderson
3. Brittani Brooks/Amber Lackey, Tusculum
1. Carlotta Nassi, Queens
2. Laura Dean, Anderson
3. Katarina Majorova, Tusculum
4. Franziska Funke, Tusculum
5. Claudia De Andreis, Wingate
6. Ivey Welborn, Anderson
1. Iulia Ponomareva, Lenoir-Rhyne
2. Amanda Carrillo, Newberry
3. Marta Pinol, Lincoln Memorial
4. Ali Harris, Carson-Newman
5. Annie McCullough, Tusculum
6. Caroline Nielsen, Queens
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team is ranked No. 25 in the NFCA NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches National Preseason Poll. NFCA is the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
In addition, the Bears were picked second in the SAC Preseason Head Coaches Poll earlier this week and had three players earn preseason all-league accolades: junior outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.), senior third baseman Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) and junior pitcher Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.).
Lenoir-Rhyne is coming off a 46-13 season including a 16-4 mark in South Atlantic Conference play this past spring. The Bears shared their 11th league regular season title in school history with Carson-Newman and earned a trip to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the season on Friday, February 2, against West Alabama (10:00 a.m.) and No. 11 Lee (4:45 p.m.) at the Gulf Coast Invitational Tournament in Gulf Shores, Ala. LR also competes against No. 7 North Georgia and No. 20 Carson-Newman.
2018 NFCA NCAA Division II
Top 25 Coaches Poll
January 24 (Preseason)
1. Minnesota State (14) 64-7
2. Angelo State (2) 60-7
3. West Florida 46-15
4. West Virginia Wesleyan 51-10
5. Humboldt State 44-15
6. Southern Indiana 46-14
7. North Georgia 48-13
8. Colorado Mesa 48-8
9. Dixie State 42-14
10. Southern Arkansas 46-18
11. Lee 36-20
12. Harding 58-9
13. West Texas A&M 43-11
14. UMSL 42-15
15. Cal State Monterey Bay 43-13
16. West Chester 48-13
17. Molloy 37-18
18. Valdosta State 39-19
19. Wayne State (Mich.) 40-16
20. Carson-Newman 43-13
21. Chico State 39-18
22. St. Mary's 44-16
23. Saint Leo 37-15
24. Winona State 52-13
25. Lenoir-Rhyne 46-13
Receiving Votes: Adelphi (35), Saginaw Valley State (21), California Baptist (20), North Alabama (16), Central Oklahoma (14), Concordia Irvine (14), Texas Woman’s (13), Palm Beach Atlantic (12), University of Alabama in Huntsville (7), Mississippi College (4), Limestone (4).
The 2018 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regionals. First-place votes in parenthesis.
Bunker Hill: 59
Fred T. Foard: 44
St. Stephens: 43
South Caldwell: 45
West Caldwell: 35
Alexander Central: 39
South Fork Athletic:
West Lincoln: 35
Bunker Hill: 66
St. Stephens: 60
Alexander Central: 40
West Caldwell: 80
South Caldwell: 76
South Fork Athletic:
West Lincoln: 32
The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team suffered its first conference loss of the season in heartbreaking fashion on Tuesday night, falling 87-84 in overtime on the road to Guilford Tech.
The Red Hawks (11-4, 6-1 in Region X) were plagued by 37 team fouls in the game, which led to 51 free throw attempts and 29 made free throws for the Titans. There were a total of 61 fouls in Tuesday night’s game.
Despite those fouls, CVCC would gain the advantage late in the game and lead 73-69 with 54.1 seconds left in the contest. However, Guilford Tech guard J’Nai Millner would rally the Titans (11-3, 8-3 in Region X) back to tie the contest 76-76 by the end of regulation.
In the extra session, the Titans’ Jada Faison would score five points and Miller added four points — all on free throws — to help propel Guilford Tech to the win.
Nikkyana McCaskill scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Red Hawks — the first 20-point performance in the career of the sophomore from Gastonia, N.C.
Fellow Red Hawk sophomore Shaniya Lester scored 21 points, recording her team-leading sixth 20-point performance of the season.
The CVCC women’s basketball team will attempt to bounce back on Thursday night at 6 p.m. when it hosts Louisburg College at the Tarlton Complex. Admission to the game is free.
Appalachian State Women's Basketball to Participate in Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Week, 3-Point ChallengeWritten by Jason Savage
With the Sun Belt Conference and the American Cancer Society recently teaming up to create a partnership involving all 12 teams, Appalachian State University women's basketball will participate in the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Week and 3-Point Challenge.
For this weekend's home games against Little Rock on Thursday and Arkansas State on Saturday, the coaching staff will sneakers and gold laces in the support for the fight against cancer with over 4,000 college basketball across the country. Suits and Sneakers Week is a nationwide event that unites coaches across the country to raise funds and awareness about the fight against cancer and promotes the American Cancer Society as a source of inspiration and hope for those facing cancer.
In addition, the Apps are set to participate in the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge during the month of February. Fans can pledge a dollar amount for every 3-pointer by their favorite team by clicking HERE while you can find out where your team ranks nationally by going HERE.
Last season, App State was first among women's programs while finishing ninth overall in the nation between both men's and women's basketball programs. Penn State finished first with an estimated $12,154 raised in February. Fellow Sun Belt member, Texas State, finished second among women's basketball programs raking in $2,542 and 12th overall. The Bobcats' men's team was first in the Sun Belt on the men's side.
The Sun Belt raised an impressive $15,662 across the league, which was the third out of all conferences behind only the Big Ten Conference and the ACC.
For the first time in three seasons, the Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball is ranked among the top 20 Division II teams in the nation.
After receiving votes in the previous two weeks, the Red Hawks are now ranked No. 19 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll, which was released on Tuesday.
The last time that the CVCC women’s basketball team was among the top-20 teams in the country was on Jan. 22, 2015 when the Red Hawks were ranked 17th in the Division II poll.
“We are excited,” said fifth-year CVCC head women’s basketball coach Tisha England. “The girls have worked hard this season. I think they deserve to be represented in the national rankings. We just take it one game at a time and try to get better each day to continue the success here at CVCC.”
The CVCC women’s basketball team is currently 11-3 overall and 6-0 in Region X play — earning a 64-62 victory against Bryant & Stratton College (Va.) last Monday and an 84-65 road victory at Fayetteville Tech on Saturday.
With Friday’s and Saturday’s victories, England tied and passed mentor and first-ever CVCC women’s basketball coach Tommy Edwards for the most coaching wins in CVCC women’s basketball program history (83).
The Red Hawks are back in action on the road Tuesday night at 6 p.m. against Guilford Tech (10-3, 7-3 in Region X) before returning home at 6 p.m. Thursday night to host Louisburg College (12-2, 8-2), which fell from the top-20 NJCAA rankings, but still received votes.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Lacrosse Team was picked to repeat as South Atlantic Conference Champions in 2018. The Bears were voted first in the preseason head coaches poll, receiving six first-place votes for a total of 60 points.
In addition, the Bears dominate the first-team preseason all-league selections as they occupy six of the 12 spots.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) was named league freshman of the year after setting the school record for goals in a season with a league-high 50 scores while tying for the team lead in points with 67.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) finished with 26 points, 17 assists and 43 points while senior defender Jacob O’Connor (Penfield, N.Y.) anchored a backline which allowed just 10 goals per contest last season.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior long stick middle Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.) was named to the NCAA Division II All-American Third Team in 2017 after totaling five goals, four assists and 60 ground balls on the season.
Senior midfielder Shane Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) won 67 percent of his face-offs (217-of-323) in addition to a school-record 119 ground balls last spring for the Bears while senior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) finished with a 9.24 goals-against average and 154 saves.
Dickinson, Corrigan, O’Connor, Lett and Gottberg were First-Team All-SAC honorees in 2017 while Crompton was an honorable mention pick.
Lenoir-Rhyne finished the year with a 12-3 record and a perfect 8-0 mark in league play on its way to a third SAC Regular Season Championship in four seasons. The Bears also earned their first trip to the NCAA Division II Playoffs, falling in the quarterfinal round to Tampa at home by an 11-8 score.
Lenoir-Rhyne was also ranked No. 7 in the USILA/Division II Coaches Preseason Poll, the official rankings for men’s lacrosse. USILA is the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2018 season on Saturday, February 3, against Young Harris at Moretz Stadium beginning at 2:00 p.m.
2018 South Atlantic Conference
Men's Lacrosse Preseason Head Coaches Poll
1. Lenoir-Rhyne (6) 60
2. Wingate (3) 58
3. Queens 52
4. Tusculum 43
5. Lincoln Memorial 35
6. Catawba 30
7. Mars Hill 23
8. Coker 15
9. Newberry 8
2018 All-South Atlantic Conference
Preseason Men's Lacrosse Teams
A – Eric Dickinson, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Kyle Arcuri, Lincoln Memorial
A – Justin Swick, Queens
MF – Ben Corrigan, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Nate Wade, Tusculum
MF – Daniel Godwin, Wingate
D – Jacob O'Connor, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Chris Gazzio, Wingate
D – Ryan Benck, Lincoln Memorial
LP – Collin Lett, Lenoir-Rhyne
Spec. – Shane Gottberg, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK – Ryan Crompton, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Jeremy Sullivan, Wingate
A – Dima Ferreira, Mars Hill
A – Dalton Cook, Catawba
MF – Alex Llerandi, Wingate
MF – Adam Golia, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Billy Kopsky, Lincoln Memorial
D – Ryon Bellamy, Queens
D – Nick Rizzieri, Queens
D – Julian Maxey, Catawba
LP – Griffin Stechmiller, Queens
Spec. – Wyatt Weiseman, Wingate
GK – Ryan Kearney, Mars Hill
2018 USILA Division II
Preseason Coaches Poll
3. Le Moyne
7. Lenoir Rhyne
9. Seton Hill
10. Belmont Abbey
12. Mount Olive
14. Colorado Mesa
18. Florida Tech
19. Saint Leo
20. Saint Anselm
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Paiton Fair has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, league officials announced earlier today.
Fair, a junior from Newton, N.C., finished second in the women’s 800-meter dash at the Appalachian Open with a school-record time of 2:23.85 this past Saturday. Fair was also part of the women’s 1,200-meter relay team, which placed first overall with a program-best 2:49.61 at the meet as well.
Fair also holds the indoor school record in the women’s 300-meter dash (43.00) and 400-meter dash (58.39), the latter event she is a 2017 All-Southeast Region honoree. In addition, Fair is part of Lenoir-Rhyne’s program-record 1,600-meter relay squad (4:01.37).
Wingate's Vanisha Wilshire was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week.
Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the Buccaneer Invitational on Friday, February 2, and Saturday, February 3, on the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn.
Bunker Hill: 61
South Fork Athletic:
Bunker Hill: 55
South Fork Athletic:
Senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) tallied his first double-double of the season, but the Appalachian State men's basketball team fell in the closing seconds at Troy 81-79 on Monday evening.
Kinney finished with 12 points including a perfect 6-of-6 mark from the free throw line, and a career-high 12 rebounds (five offensive). It marks the sixth double-double of his career.
Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) finished with a game-high 23 points for App State (8-13, 3-5 SBC), to go along with three rebounds and five assists. Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) added 15 points.
Off the bench, sophomore O'Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy) finished with 11 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals.
For Troy (9-11, 3-4 SBC), Wesley Person scored a team-high 16 points. Kevin Baker added 14 points and Jordon Varnado posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Alex Hicks also had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Troy would build its largest lead of the game at 72-62 with 4:14 to play. App State would counter with the next six points to trim the Trojan lead to 72-68 with 2:35 remaining.
The Trojans would get a pair of free throws from Person, but the Black and Gold came right back with a trey from Williams to pull within three points at 74-71 with 1:41 left.
But Troy had an answer, getting a triple from Person to go back up by six points. Following a hoop by Forrest, App State would foul Baker, who split a pair of free throws, giving the Trojans a 78-73 edge with 48 seconds remaining.
Kinney would respond with a layup to trim the deficit to three points. The Apps would force a turnover on the ensuing inbound and Williams converted on a layup to cut Troy's lead to 78-77 with 29 seconds left.
The Black and Gold fouled on the ensuing inbound and Hicks split a pair of free throws. Forrest would score on a layup to tie the game with nine seconds left, but Varnado was able to convert a basket with 2.7 seconds left to give the Trojans a 81-79 lead.
A desperation three from Williams was no good, giving Troy the win.
Troy was able to maintain the lead in the early going and built a seven-point lead at 29-22 with just over seven minutes left in the first half.
The Black and Gold would respond with a 9-1 run, capped off by a trey from junior Bennett Holley (Roanoke, Va./North Cross), to take a 31-30 lead with 4:05 remaining in the opening stanza. The lead would change hands four times down the stretch of the first half and the Mountaineers took a 38-35 advantage into the intermission.
App State finished 26-of-68 (38.2 percent) from the field and went 18-of-21 (85.7 percent) from the free throw line. Troy shot 30-of-58 (51.7 percent) from the field and went 14-of-19 (73.7 percent) from the charity stripe.
Appalachian won the rebounding battle 39-38, including a 16-9 advantage on the offensive glass.
The Mountaineers will return to action on Thursday, as they return to the Holmes Center and take on Little Rock at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for all remaining Appalachian State men's and women's home basketball games. Appalachian State basketball single game tickets can be purchased online by clicking here, by phone at (828) 262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located at the Holmes Center (Monday - Friday; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.).
Appalachian State women's basketball (5-14, 3-5 SBC) suffered an 81-74 decision to Troy on Monday evening on the road.
Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) had the best game of her young career where she registered her first-ever double-double. The freshman scored a career-high 15 points off the bench on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor with a personal-high 10 rebounds in 20 minutes. LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) scored a career-best 18 points on six buckets and a 6-of-7 performance from the charity stripe. Bayley Plummer (East Davidson, N.C./Thomasville) registered her ninth double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-high 12 boards, while Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) rounded out the leading scorers with 10 points and tied a team-high with four helpers.
After trailing by as much as 11 with 5:10 left in the third quarter, 56-45, the Mountaineers staged an impressive 18-6 run over the rest of the period into the first 45 seconds of the final frame to take a 63-62 lead. During the surge, the Apps went 6-of-8 over a 2:54 stretch capped off by their only 3-pointer of the game by Mathews to give App the momentum. The lead was short lived however as Troy responded with an 8-0 run to claim the lead for good. Stanley's three-point play with 6:13 left in the game close the gap to four, 70-66. That was as close as the Mountaineers would get with Troy pulling away late for the win.
Appalachian connected on just 1-of-14 from 3-point range, which was the lowest total in conference play after averaging 8.4 3-pointers during league action. App led the conference shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc.
The Mountaineers also missed 11 free throws converting 19-of-30 at the line while Troy went 17-for-21.
Troy jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first 2:35 of the game hitting four of its first five shots. Appalachian clawed its way back to one at the end of the quarter, 20-19, following a 13-4 surge while trailing 16-7. The combo of Calder and Anna Perez Gomez (Canet De Mar, Spain/Eastern Wyoming) combined for nine of the points off the bench to give App a spark. Gomez finished the game with six points and was a pest on defense coming up with one steal.
Back-to-back jumpers by Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) before a bucket from Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) pushed App to a 25-22 lead with 7:23 remaining in the first half. Troy and App State went back-and-forth trading baskets until the Trojans went ahead, 38-31. A layup from Calder and two free throws by Wilson brought the visitors to within three, 38-35, before the break.
The Trojans attempted to put the game away early in the third quarter going up by 11 before App mounted the comeback. Whenever it looked like the Mountaineers were starting to take over the game, the Trojans hit timely shots.
Kayla Robinson paced the Trojans with 21 points and a game-high 10 assists. She led three Trojans in double figures.
App State turned the ball over just 13 times against a Troy team that came in forcing teams into 23.2 turnovers per game, which was seventh in the nation. However, the Trojans controlled the glass 52-34, including 18 offensive rebounds.
Troy also outscored App State 18-3 from 3-point land.
The Mountaineers will look to regroup as they are back at the Holmes Center. They host Little Rock on Thursday at 5 p.m. The Trojans will enter the High Country with an undefeated 7-0 record in Sun Belt play.
In a back-and-forth battle to the buzzer, the Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team fell 84-80 to visiting Pitt Community College at the Tarlton Complex on Monday night.
Guard Brandon Faison made a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left, lifting the Bulldogs past the Red Hawks for good in the game’s closing moments.
Myles Williams (Morganton, N.C.) scored a career-high 21 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead the Red Hawks (8-10, 3-6 in Region X).
Tyrell Oglesby (14 points) and Isayah Johnson (11 points) also reached double figures in scoring for CVCC.
Faison — the leading scorer in the nation among players at the NJCAA Division II level — scored 33 points to lead the Bulldogs (13-5, 6-4 in Region X) in the victory.
Down 37-34 at halftime, Faison scored 19 second-half points to lead the comeback charge, and Pitt forward Antonio Freeman added 13 of his 16 points in the second half.
The CVCC men’s basketball team returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Raleigh to face off with Wake Tech at 6:30 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Noah McRea has been selected as the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Men’s Swimmer of the Week, league officials announced.
McRea, a senior from Hickory, N.C., won three events this past Saturday – the 200-yard freestyle (1:45.31), the 200-yard backstroke (1:58.87) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:58.54) – in the Bears’ 173-86 victory over Catawba on Senior Day at home.
McRea was also part of the Bears’ first-place 400-yard freestyle relay team (3:18.02) in the Indians’ meet and has qualified with a “B” cut time to nationals in the 400-yard individual medley (a school-record 3:57.84). McRea currently holds four other individual school records as well: the 200-yard freestyle and the 50-yard, 100-yard and the 200-yard backstroke.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Swimming Team is back in action for the four-day 2018 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships - Wednesday, February 14, through Saturday, February 17 - which take place in Charlotte, N.C., at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.