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Saturday, 21 January 2017 14:39

High School Basketball Results From Friday, 1/20/17

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Girls basketball:
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 58
South Iredell: 38

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 63
Fred T. Foard: 21

Hickory: 73
Patton: 41

South Caldwell: 40
Hibriten: 21

Watauga: 51
St. Stephens: 44

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 73
Chase: 55

East Burke: 78
Burns: 27

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 50
Bandys: 48

Newton-Conover: 66
West Caldwell: 51

Boys basketball:
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 64
South Iredell: 58

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 63
Fred T. Foard: 45

Hibriten: 62
South Caldwell: 44

Patton: 56
Hickory: 49

St. Stephens: 70
Watauga: 58

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 57
Chase: 43

East Burke: 58
Burns: 46

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 94
Bandys: 62

West Caldwell: 62
Newton-Conover: 38

Appalachian State University women's basketball (8-9, 3-3 SBC) needed a gutsy performance on Thursday to pull out a 67-63 triumph over Georgia State (5-12, 1-5 SBC) at GSU Sports Arena.

Bandys High School grad Madi Story scored a game-high 19 points and hit a career-high five 3-pointers to pace the App offense, while Joi Jones scored 12 points on five buckets and Q. Murray chipped in with 10.

Bayley Plummer corralled a team-high eight boards to go along with eight points off the bench. Amber Driver also scored eight points off the bench. The duo combined for 16 points, shot 7-of-13, grabbed 10 boards and made big plays in the fourth quarter.

With the game tied at the 2:14 mark, 61-61, the Apps scored six of the final eight points to earn the win.

Jones muscled her way to a layup down low to break the tie for good. After coming up with a big defensive stop, both teams traded a pair of baskets including a big shot in the paint from Story as the shot clock winded down and 14.8 seconds left in the game.

GSU would hit a layup to cut the deficit to one possession, 65-63, but Ashley Bassett-Smith sealed the win with a pair of free throws.

App hit a season-high nine 3-pointers and shot 50 percent from outside the arc. App State made the shots it needed to down the stretch, going 5-for-7 in the last 4:41 of the game.

App State will look to keep the momentum going against archrival Georgia Southern on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Statesboro.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 22:05

CVCC Women's Basketball Defeats Brunswick CC at Home

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The Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team defeated Brunswick Community College 77-48 Thursday night at home.

Nikki McCaskill paced the Red Hawks with 15 points. For the second game in three contests, Jala Daniels fell two rebounds shy of a double-double. Daniels had 14 rebounds and eight rebounds. Daniels had a double-double Tuesday and fell two rebounds shy Saturday night.

CVCC also had 13 points from Shaniya Lester and A'Liyah Woods added 10 points.

The Red Hawks improve to 9-3 overall and 5-2 in the conference. CVCC will host Wake Tech Saturday afternoon at 2.

Appalachian State University long distance runner Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) was tabbed the Sun Belt Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, as announced by the league’s office on Wednesday.

Van Ord grabs her first honor of the 2016-17 indoor track season after winning her first race at the ETSU Track & Field Invitational on Jan. 13. The senior ran a time of 17:28.12 in the 5,000 meters to snatch first place out of 39 competitors. Her time produced in Johnson City, Tenn. sits at No. 1 on the Sun Belt standing and is the 26th-best time run by any Division I student-athlete thus far.

This distinction marks Van Ord’s third league honor in 2016-17 after earning two SBC Athlete of the Week awards during the cross country season for the second-straight year.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 09:33

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Defeats Coker

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (8-8, 7-4) rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit to upend Coker (6-11, 3-8), 78-73, Wednesday night in South Atlantic Conference action at the DeLoach Center.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) led all scorers with 27 points while senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) added another double-double – 11 points and 14 rebounds – as the Bears rallied from a 40-21 deficit late in the first half to take the win.

The Cobras were led by JaQuez Motley (Hinesville, Ga.), who totaled a team-high 17 points but Coker couldn’t hold the large first-half lead in suffering its third straight loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne shot 56 percent (16-of-29) in the second half while outscoring Coker by 16 points in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Jacob Skidmore (Kings Mountain, N.C.) came off the bench to score 10 points while Chambers now has five double-doubles on the year.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne visits Brevard

Thursday, 19 January 2017 09:31

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Wins Third Straight

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (11-6, 7-4) made it three victories in a row with a 61-42 win over Coker (3-13, 2-9) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at the DeLoach Center.

Three players scored in double figures for the Bears – led by senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) with 13 points – and Lenoir-Rhyne’s defense continued its impressive play this season.

Lenoir-Rhyne limited Coker to just 39 percent shooting (16-of-41) for the night and forced the Cobras into 19 turnovers in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhhyne senior forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) added 12 points and sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) scored 11 points as the Bears held a 31-20 advantage at halftime and never looked back.

For Coker, Kendra Lambert (Palmyra, Ind.) scored a team-high 12 points but was lone player to reach double figures for the Cobras. Lenoir-Rhyne also held a 33-24 advantage on the boards and handed Coker its third straight setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Brevard, N.C., to face Brevard in a league game Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

Girls basketball
Northwestern Conference:
Hickory: 60
Hibriten: 16

Freedom: 64
Patton: 19

Watauga: 49
South Caldwell: 40

Boys basketball
Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 80
Patton: 57

Hibriten: 54
Hickory: 52

South Caldwell: 78
Watauga: 61

For the second straight year, Appalachian State University took down Duke University, 25-11, at Card Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

The Mountaineers (10-2, 4-0 Southern Conference) used four bonus point victories on the night to overthrow the Blue Devils (2-4, 0-1 ACC) in their own gym, now having won 19 of their last 23 dual matches.

Starting off the night on the right foot for App State was Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) at 197 pounds. Diabe took on Luke Farinaro and battled neck and neck for much of the three periods before Diabe got the advantage takedown and won out the match, 3-1.

No. 13 Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) lost a nail-biter at the heavyweight match to No. 7 Jacob Kasper, 5-4, on a last-minute takedown. The Mountaineers then rattled off two-straight victories at 125 and 133 pounds. Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) got the first major decision of the afternoon against Thayer Atkins, winning 11-3, before Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) downed Cole Baumgartner in a 5-0 decision to put the Apps out in control.

The Blue Devils wouldn’t go away quietly, however, responding to the Black and Gold with a bonus point victory at 141 pounds as Zach Finesilver used a 19-3 technical fall victory of Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest).

No. 15 Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) answered the call at 149 pounds next, taking on Xaviel Ramos. Zovistoski made quick work of the matchup, getting a 14-4 major decision to keep App out front.

Duke bounced back at 157 pounds, using a wire-tight 4-2 decision victory as Jake Faust took down Gavin Londoff (St. Louis, Mo./Holt) late to get the victory.

From there on out it was all Appalachian State as they smelled blood in the water and attacked. Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) got the huge upset at 174 pounds over No. 16 Connor Bass with a decisive 12-2 major decision. And David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) followed it up with dramatics to end the evening, taking Alec Schenk to the sudden victory round where Peters-Logue got the golden takedown to win 7-5.

Appalachian State wrestling now returns to Boone for three straight events, beginning with hosting SoCon-rival Gardner-Webb on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. The Mountaineers then host the Appalachian Open on Jan. 28 before bringing in Chattanooga on Feb. 5.

125: Vito Pasone (APP) def. Thayer Atkins (Duke), 11-3 MD
133: Colby Smith (APP) def. Cole Baumgartner (Duke), 5-0 dec.
141: Zach Finesilver (Duke) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 19-3 TF
149: #15 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Xaviel Ramos (Duke), 14-4 MD
157: Jake Faust (Duke) def. Gavin Londoff (APP), 4-2 dec.
165: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Garrett Neff (Duke), 9-0 MD
174: Nick Kee (APP) def. #16 Connor Bass (Duke), 12-2 MD
184: David Peters-Logue (APP) def. Alec Schenk (Duke), 7-5 dec./S-V
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Luke Farinaro (Duke), 3-1 dec.
HWT: #7 Jacob Kasper (Duke) def. #13 Denzel Dejournette (APP), 5-4 dec.

Appalachian State and East Carolina announced a four-game football series beginning in 2021 at a joint press conference on Tuesday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium.

The series begins in 2021 with a Sept. 4 meeting at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. The Bank of America Stadium matchup is a home game for Appalachian State and the season-opener for both teams on Labor Day Weekend.

The series resumes in 2024 with the three final games played in consecutive years, with the 2024 and 2026 meetings in Greenville, N.C. and the 2025 meeting slated for Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone.

Appalachian State-East Carolina Football Series Game Dates

Game 1: September 4, 2021 (Charlotte, N.C. – Bank of America Stadium)

Game 2: September 14, 2024 (Greenville, N.C. - Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium)

Game 3: September 6, 2025 (Boone, N.C. – Kidd Brewer Stadium)

Game 4: September 5, 2026 (Greenville, N.C. - Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium)

“On behalf of Appalachian State University, I would like to thank Will Webb, the Charlotte Sports Foundation, Jeff Compher and East Carolina University, the Carolina Panthers, and Bank of America Stadium for the opportunity to host a home game in downtown Charlotte,” App State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said Tuesday. “The chance for App State to host a home game in an NFL Stadium, in Charlotte where our largest alumni base is and against a program like East Carolina is a great opportunity for our students-athletes, alumni, and fans.”

App’s 2021 schedule already features a return trip to Miami in addition to the opener with East Carolina in Charlotte.

“The Charlotte game is a chance for fans of both teams to get behind the game and enjoy what should be a great atmosphere in one of America’s great cities,” Gillin added. “The game is an opportunity for App to play in another in-state opponent, generate revenue, and provide a great opportunity, student-athletes, fans, and alumni, while still playing our traditional six-game home schedule at Kidd Brewer Stadium.”

App leads the all-time series with East Carolina 19-12, but the two programs have met only twice since 1979 despite being separated by around 250 miles. They last played in 2012 in Greenville.

Karley Long of Three Nail Academy joined the Red Hawks on December 15th to play volleyball at Catawba Valley Community College beginning with the 2017 season. Present for the signing were mom and dad Philip and Angela, Karley’s grandparents, sisters and nephew, CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson and CVCC Assistant Coach Mark Wimberley.

In her senior year, Long helped lead her team to the Home School State Championship and a 14-3 overall record. She also earned All-Conference Team honors and was named to the All-State team for the 4th year in a row! Coach Lee Dupree commented, “Karley is the body of our team… she makes us go!”

CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson is excited to add Karley to the Red Hawk’s line-up for the fall 2017 season. “Karley is an energetic, competitive student-athlete and I know she will work hard to continue learning and developing her volleyball skills”, comments Coach Hudson. “I anticipate a great freshman season from Karley and look for her to make immediate contributions to the line-up!”

Long plans to study business at CVCC.

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