Appalachian State University wrestler Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./ RJ Reynolds) took home his third Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week award of the season, the league office announced on Wednesday.
“Denzel is deserving of all the recognition he has received this year,” said head coach JohnMark Bentley. “He is getting better everyday, and he is hungry to be a national champion! What a great leader for our program!”
Dejournette continued his impressive season at the Southern Scuffle on Jan. 1-2. The Winston-Salem, N.C. went 4-1 at the tournament and finished as the runner-up in the heavyweight division.
Dejournette received a first-round bye before defeating Navy’s Nicholas Mabry by 9-0 decision. The redshirt junior then followed up with a 7-1 victory over Lehigh’s Doug Vollaro in SV-1.
On day two, Dejournette earned a 2-0 decision win over SoCon rival No. 11 Jared Johnson of Chattanooga in the quarterfinal. In the semifinal, Dejournette topped No. 6 Michael Kroells of Minnesota by 6-3 decision. Dejournette’s lone loss came in the final to No. 4 Austin Marsden of Oklahoma State.
The honor marked the third time this season Dejournette has been named SoCon Wrestler of the Week and the fifth of his career. Dejournette is one of eight wrestlers in SoCon history to win the award at least five times.
App State has claimed five of eight Wrestler of the Week awards this season. The five weekly honors this season are the most in program history.
The Mountaineers are in action tonight in Buies Creek, N.C. for its second SoCon dual match of the season against Campbell. Match time is set for 5:00 p.m.
App State SoCon Wrestlers of the Week
Nov. 18 Denzel Dejournette, Appalachian State
Nov. 25 Denzel Dejournette, Appalachian State
Dec. 9 Nick Kee, Appalachian State
Dec. 16 Forrest Przybysz, Appalachian State
Jan. 6 Denzel Dejournette, Appalachian State
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 51
Lake Norman: 39
Fred T. Foard: 29
South Caldwell: 55
St. Stephens: 54
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 60
Bunker Hill: 57
West Caldwell: 42
West Lincoln: 20
North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 56
Alexander Central: 53, OT
Fred T. Foard: 36
South Caldwell: 49
St. Stephens: 39
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 77
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 78
West Caldwell: 61
West Lincoln: 56
Appalachian State University football defensive lineman Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County) has received an invitation to participate in the 2016 National Football League Scouting Combine, which will be held Feb. 23-29 in Indianapolis.
Only about 300 of the nation’s top draft-eligible college football players are invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, where they showcase their physical and mental skills for executives, coaches, player-personnel staffers and medical professionals from all 32 NFL teams. The Combine is considered one of the most vital evaluation tools for organizations preparing for May’s NFL Draft.
Blair, the 2015 Sun Belt Defensive Student-Athlete of the Year, led the conference with 19 tackles for loss (tied for 12th nationally) and ranked second in the league with 7.5 sacks as a senior in 2015. He also tallied 71 total tackles (third on team, t-26th in Sun Belt), two quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception that he returned 30 yards for a touchdown in a 44-41 triple-overtime win over Troy on Oct. 31.
Blair started all 51 games that he suited up for during his Appalachian State career and finished with 53.5 tackles for loss (fifth in school history) and 20.5 sacks (10th in school history). In addition to being named the Sun Belt’s top defensive performer in 2015, he was also a three-time all-conference honoree (Sun Belt - 2014 and 2015, Southern Conference - 2012) and an NCAA Division I FCS freshman all-American in 2011.
Blair is the first Mountaineer invited to participate in the NFL Combine since Demetrius McCray in 2013. McCray went on to be selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft and just completed his third season as a defensive back for the Jaguars.
In addition to participating in next month’s NFL Combine, Blair will also have a chance to impress NFL scouts at this month’s East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. The East-West Shrine game kicks off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Tropicana Field and will be televised live on the NFL Network.
Lenoir-Rhyne guard Keenan Palmore has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for games played Dec. 21-Jan. 3, the League announced today.
Palmore, a senior from Stone Mountain, Ga., posted his third triple-double of the year as he finished with 22 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds in a 94-68 win over Belmont Abbey on Jan. 2. He connected on 53 percent from the floor to go along with 6-of-7 from the line. He came away with eight boards on the defensive glass and added a pair of offensive rebounds. Palmore also chipped in two steals in the win. On the year, he averages a team-best 20.2 points per outing and leads the League in helpers with 8.3 assists per contest. The award marks his third Player of the Week honor this season.
Lenoir-Rhyne guard Jordan Hiatt has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for games played Dec. 21-Jan. 3, the League announced today.
Hiatt, a senior from Mount Airy, N.C., put in 15 points, dished out six assists and came away with six rebounds to lead the Bears to an 80-79 overtime win over rival Catawba on Jan. 2. She connected on a pair of free-throws with 14 seconds left in overtime to give LR a 78-76 advantage to push the Bears to the win. Hiatt was 5-of-9 from the floor to go along with a 75 percent stroke from downtown. She also finished the contest with three steals in 41 minutes of action. Hiatt leads the Bears this season with 19 steals and ranks second on her squad with 23 helpers.
The honor marks her first Player of the Week plaudit this season. It is also the first time a Lenoir-Rhyne women's basketball player has earned SAC honors this season.
The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team fell to ninth ranked Bryant and Stratton College 67-65 at home Sunday afternoon. The Red Hawks took a four point lead into the half, but Bryant and Stratton snapped CVCC's three game winning streak.
Nolan Whitener led the Red Hawks with 16 points in the contest. Cornelius Johnson and Kenny Lemon each added nine points. Lemon and Mon'Darius Black each had six rebounds to pace CVCC in the game.
The Red Hawks drop to 10-5 overall and 3-1 in the conference. CVCC travels to Wake Tech on Wednesday.
Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball lost to Bryant and Stratton College 67-50 Sunday afternoon at home in the Tarlton Complex.
Kianna Bowe led the Red Hawks with 14 points. Monifa Angle added nine. Bowe also led CVCC with nine rebounds.
CVCC falls to 6-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play. The Red Hawks will host Walters State on Thursday.
Appalachian State University men’s basketball came out of the gates slow against the UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns and wouldn’t be able to overcome a significant first half deficit and fell 79-58 on Saturday evening.
The Mountaineers (2-11, 0-2 Sun Belt) shot just 32.8 percent from the floor on the night and the Cajuns (5-6, 1-1 Sun Belt) shot 47.5 percent from the field, despite a much better second half defensively from App State - holding the Cajuns to just 38.5 (10-of-26) from the field.
Offensively, the Black and Gold were led by senior guard Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) who poured in 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field. Also in double-figures for Appalachian was freshman Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) with 11 points.
Senior forward Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military Academy/Purdue) provided the Mountaineers with 22 minutes and led the team in rebounding with eight boards on the night to go along with five points and one blocked shot. Freshman guard Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) came out of the locker room with an aggressive second half of play and notched six points in the contest.
UL Lafayette got out to a quick 13-6 lead heading into the first media timeout of the first half. The Cajuns would stretch the lead to 21-8 with 10:14 remaining. Appalachian battled back to get to within eight points, but an 18-7 run to close the half had the Cajuns up by nineteen at the break.
In the second half, UL Lafayette gradually increased its halftime lead to would lead by as many as 25 points at 58-33 with just 12:29 to go in the game. Appalachian State kept battling and would construct an 8-0 run keyed by an Eaves layup on a back cut to the hoop. Over the course of the run, the Mountaineers got a jumper from Logan and four-straight points from senior forward Michael Obacha (Edo State, Nigeria/High Point Christian). Obacha finished the game with seven points, including going 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.
The deficit would balloon over 20 points after small 4-1 run from the Cajuns. App State kept attempting to make runs late in the half and would get cut the Cajun’s lead to 16 points at 68-52, but it wouldn’t be enough to overcome.
UL Lafayette was led by their leading scorer for the season, Shawn Long, who finished the game with a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds and proved to be too much for the Apps to handle down low. Long contributed to the 42 points in the paint the Cajuns were able to tally on the night - outscoring the Mountaineers by 20 in the category. Leading the Cajuns offensively was Kasey Shepherd who tallied 19 points.
App State limited the Cajun’s from beyond the arc and forced them to shoot 4-of-16 from long range, but only connected on 3-of-17 themselves.
Appalachian State will have a few days off before returning to the court on Thursday, Jan. 7 when it hosts UT Arlington at 7:30 p.m. from the Holmes Center.
Appalachian State University wrestling finished the second day of the Southern Scuffle hosted by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The Mountaineers (6-2, 1-0 SoCon) finished in 13th place of 31 teams with 40.5 points.
“Overall a good weekend for our program, showed well against some of the best teams in the country”, said head coach JohnMark Bentley. “We just have to continue improving towards March!”
Entering the day, the Apps had one wrestler alive in the championship bracket and seven wrestlers alive in the consolation bracket.
Denzel Dejournette was the only Mountaineer left in the championship bracket on the second day of action at the Southern Scuffle. Dejournette finished as the runner-up in the heavyweight division. Dejournette took on Southern Conference rival No. 14 Jared Johnson of Chattanooga in the quarterfinal. The Winston-Salem, N.C. native defeated Johnson a by 2-0 decision.
Dejournette faced No. 6 Michael Kroells of Minnesota for a chance to advance to the final match. Dejournette won the semifinal match in a 6-3 decision over Kroells. In the final, Dejournette dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 4 Austin Marsden to finish in second place.
Vito Pasone started his second day with a 24-12 major decision over Cater Ballinger of Central Michigan to advance into the fifth round of the consolation bracket at 125 pounds. Pasone, then dropped a 7-4 decision to William Mason of Virginia to end his tournament.
In Forrest Przybysz’s first match of the day, he won by 14-4 major decision over Christian Maroni of Gardner-Webb. Przybysz fell in the consolation fifth round to Paul Duggan of Campbell, 10-2.
Nick Kee won two matches on day two, starting with a 9-4 decision win over Navy’s Adam Jackson. Kee followed that up with a 3-1 sudden victory over Bryce Carr of Chattanooga to advance to the sixth round of the consolation bracket. Michael Ottinger of Central Michigan defeated Kee by 10-1 major decision to end redshirt-sophomore’s tournament.
Cary Miller won his first match of day two via medical forfeit, before winning his next match by 5-3 decision over Joseph Goodhart of Drexel. Miller fell to Nathan Butler of Stanford in the sixth round of the consolation match by a 9-1.
The Mountaineers will be back in action on Jan. 6 for their second Southern Conference match of the season against Campbell in Buies Creek, N.C. Match time is set for 5:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University women’s basketball (4-7, 1-1 SBC) fell on the road Saturday evening in a physical contest to UL Lafayette, 60-51, in the Cajundome.
App State Starters: #3 Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania), #10 Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth), #23 KeKe Cooper (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) #34 Madi Story (Bandys/Maiden, N.C.), #42 Mia Marshall (Lilburn, Ga./Lilburn)
ULL Starters: #1 Brooklyn Arceneaux, #10 Kia Wildridge, #11 Jaylyn Gordon, #24 Keke Veal, #32 Simone Fields
Kaila Craven (Southwest Randolph/Asheboro, N.C.) scored a career-high 17 points (14 in the second half) on six buckets, including three trifectas. The freshman guard was the lone player in double figures while leading all scorers. Jones turned in nine points and four rebounds while Cooper chipped in with eight points and corralled a game-high nine boards.
Turnovers and foul shots plagued the Mountaineers where they committed 24 miscues that led to 24 points off the mistakes for the Rajin’ Cajuns. ULL (9-2, 2-0 SBC) also held a significant advantage at the free throw line where it went 28-for-41 to App State's 6-for-9 production from the charity stripe.
App State did shoot 38.2 percent from the field while limiting ULL to its second-lowest shooting clip of the season at 31.4 percent. The defense played tremendous on the duo of KeKe Veal and Jaylyn Gordon, who came into the game averaging 30.3 points combined, put in just 20 points between the pair and shot 2-for-16 from the field.
Kia Wildridge went on to score a team-high 15 points for the hosts.
The Black and Gold outrebounded the Rajin’ Cajuns 39-33 and posted a 10-4 advantage in second chance points. Appalachian won the battle in the paint 32-24 and recorded 25 points from the bench to 13 from ULL’s reserves.
Despite 13 first half turnovers, the Apps were able to go into halftime with a 23-18 deficit. Both teams struggled from the floor in a defensive stalemate as the two foes shot under 35 percent.
Neither team scored until the 8:01 mark of the opening quarter with ULL taking a 2-0 lead, and the Mountaineers didn’t find their first bucket until Carter hit a pair of free throws midway through the period.
Craven's 3-pointer in the first frame capped off a 5-0 spurt that gave Appalachian its first lead, 5-4, at the 5:19 mark. The Rajin’ Cajuns would score eight of the next 10 points to go into the second quarter with a 12-7 lead.
App State came out of the second quarter hitting four-straight buckets and five of its last six shots to capture a 15-13 lead thanks to Story hitting one of three field goals. The Mountaineers started the contest 1-for-8 before finally starting to catch a rhythm midway through the period. However, a 5:32 scoring drought ensued and a 9-2 run from ULL gave the hosts the lead going into the break.
Appalachian had six different players score while holding ULL to just 20.7 percent shooting from the field.
Following a quick three points from the Rajin’ Cajuns to start the second half with a six-point lead, 26-20, The Black and Gold put together an 8-3 over a 1:20 span that sliced the deficit to just one, 29-28. Craven led the charge with four points while Jones and Jasmine Ogunjimi (Hutchinson CC/ Chicago, Ill.) both chipped in with layups.
But when it looked like App State would take control of the game, ULL hit timely shots to keep the lead. Appalachian cut the lead to one once more in the third quarter before Louisiana went into the final frame with a 42-39 lead.
Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) started the fourth quarter with a layup off an assist from Cooper that cut the lead to 42-41. Once again the hosts responded with six quick points to go ahead,47-41, with 3:52 left in the game. The Mountaineers kept fighting in the contest to trim the deficit down to one possession after Cooper came up with a clutch pair of buckets to close the gap, 50-47. But that was as close the Mountaineers would get with the Rajin Cajuns hitting two-straight buckets and converting on their final six free throws to seal the win.
App State will look to get back on track with its conference home opener against UT Arlington at 5 p.m. inside the Holmes Center on Thursday.
- Craven’s 17 points is the fifth time in the last six games she’s scored in double figures after not hitting at least 10 points in the first five games of the season.
- Cooper’s 4-for-6 performance and her nine boards helped her lead the team with a PER of 12.
- Ogunjimi played a career-high 23 minute off the bench, scored four points and was the lone player who had zero turnoves and at least 20 minutes of action.
- The team’s five assists is the lowest since a setback earlier in the season to South Dakota.