First round matches must be completed by Saturday. Area teams in the playoffs:
Bunker Hill hosts Newton-Conover
Draughn hosts East Rutherford
East Burke at Forbush
Maiden (#1 overall seed) hosts Huss
Fred T. Foard hosts North Buncombe
Hickory (#1 overall seed) hosts Pisgah
St. Stephens at Kings Mountain
South Caldwell at Page
Appalachian State University wrestling was picked to finish second in the Southern Conference by the leagues coaches, the SoCon Office announced on Thursday.
The Mountaineers received 40 points, five points behind SoCon favorite Chattanooga, and one first place vote. Chattanooga tallied five first place votes while Gardner-Webb claimed the final two.
The Apps had three student-athletes tabbed to the Preseason all-conference team. Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) was named all-SoCon for the 125-pound weight class. Pasone was the runner-up at 133 pounds at the SoCon Championship last season.
Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) won the SoCon title at 141 pounds a season ago and was picked as the favorite to repeat as champion.
Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) was tabbed as all-SoCon for the heavy weight division after winning the SoCon title last season. Dejournette won his first round match at the 2015 NCAA Championship and comes into the year nationally ranked, 9th on The Open Mat and 11th on Intermat.
Appalachian starts its SoCon Schedule at home on Nov. 7 when it takes on Davidson as part of the Mountaineer Duals. The Apps will also wrestle Anderson and CSU Bakersfield on Nov. 7.
The Southern Conference Tournament will take place in Asheville, N.C. on Mar. 5 at Kimmel Arena.
2015-16 SoCon Wrestling Preseason Coaches Poll (first place votes)
1. Chattanooga (5) 45
2. Appalachian State (1) 40
3. The Citadel 35
4. Gardner-Webb (2) 34
5. Campbell 28
6. SIUE 22
7. VMI 13
8. Davidson 7
2015-16 SoCon Wrestling Preseason All-Conference Team
125 Vito Pasone, Appalachian State
133 Nathan Kraisser, Campbell
141 Michael Longo, Appalachian State*
149 Matt Frisch, The Citadel*^
157 Aaron Walker, The Citadel*+
165 Connor McMahon, SIUE*
174 Sean Mappes, Chattanooga*
184 Ville Heino, Campbell
197 Jake Tindle, SIUE*
HWT Denzel Dejournette, Appalachian State*
* - 2015 SoCon champion at that weight class
^ - 2013 SoCon champion at 157
+ - 2014 SoCon champion at 157
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (7-5-2, 4-4-1) picked up a 2-0 win over Coker (3-8-1, 3-6) Wednesday evening at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex in South Atlantic Conference action.
The Bears, who notched their second straight shutout, received goals from sophomore forward Ismael Noumansana (Reims, FRANCE) and senior forward Nicholas Sibert (Dacula, Ga.) in the first and second halves, respectively.
Noumansana opened the scoring in the 37th minute with his team-leading six goal of the year after receiving a pass from sophomore midfielder Leon Mueller-Wiesen (Munich, GERMANY) in the center of the box, turning and placing the ball in the back corner of the net. Wiesen has a team-leading six assists on the season.
The match remained 1-0 until Sibert finished off a cross from sophomore midfielder Eric Elder (Lusby, Md.) at the 84:09 mark of the contest. The goal was Sibert’s first of the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne held an 18-13 edge in shots taken while sophomore goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) earned the win after stopping six shots. Coker’s Kyndle Cobb (Oviedo, Fla.) suffered the loss in goal despite making four saves.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to face Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday night beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (11-4, 7-2) continued its hot streak of late with a 2-0 South Atlantic Conference win over Coker (4-9, 2-7) Wednesday evening at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Senior forward Leah Mullins (Kissimmee, Fla.) scored both goals for the Bears, who increased their winning streak to five matches and remained in third place in the league standings.
Mullins, who scored in each half unassisted, now has a team-leading 16 goals on the year. Mullins opened the scoring in the 16th minute before adding another goal at the 76:06 mark of the second half.
Lenoir-Rhyne also held a 32-4 advantage in shots taken over the Cobras and notched their third consecutive shutout.
The Bears’ goalkeeper – junior Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) – earned the shutout victory as well. Leano stopped one Coker shot.
For the Cobras, Shelby Middleton (Lilburn, Ga.) suffered the loss despite making eight saves on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Wingate, N.C., to face Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University men’s basketball’s senior guard Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) earned second-team all-Sun Belt honors, as voted on by the conference’s 11 head coaches and released by the league office announced on Wednesday.
Eaves, who led Appalachian in scoring a season ago, was one of 15 players named to the preseason all-conference squad. As a junior, he averaged a team-best 16.6 points per game and scored in double figures 22 times and eclipsed the 20-point mark 11 times.
A two-time Sun Belt Player of the Week and second-team all-Sun Belt selection, Eaves made the game-winning basket with 1.0 second remaining in an upset win at Virginia Tech and also dropped a career-high 31 points in a win at Texas State.
In addition to announcing the preseason all-conference teams, the Sun Belt also released its preseason poll. UL Lafayette (119 points, 9 first-place votes) edged defending regular season and tournament champion Georgia State (108 points, 2 first-place votes) for the top spot.
UL Monroe came in at third, while Arkansas State and Little Rock rounded out the top five.
Appalachian State was picked sixth this season after being picked 11th a year ago. South Alabama finished behind the Apps, while UT Arlington and Texas State tied for the eighth spot. Georgia Southern was voted 10th and Troy was picked 11th to round out the poll.
The Mountaineers will kick off their season on Nov. 14 when they host Jacksonville at the Holmes Center. The Apps will also host Belmont-Abbey in an exhibition at the Holmes Center on Nov. 3.
Preseason First Team All-Conference
Anthony Livingston (Arkansas State, Jr., F, Interdisciplinary Studies)
Shawn Long (UL Lafayette, Sr., F/C, General Studies)
Ken Williams (South Alabama, Junior, Guard, Interdisciplinary studies)
Emani Gant (Texas State, Senior, Forward)
Wesley Person (Troy, Sophomore, Guard, Global Business)
Preseason Second Team All-Conference
Frank Eaves (Appalachian State University, Senior, Guard, Management)
Markus Crider (Georgia State, Senior, Forward, Speech)
Kevin Ware (Georgia State, Senior, Guard, Religious Studies)
Josh Hagins (Little Rock, Senior, Guard, Health Science)
Majok Deng (UL Monroe, Senior, Forward, General Studies)
Preseason Third Team All-Conference
Jeremy Hollowell (Georgia State, RS-Junior, Forward, Interdisciplinary Studies)
Roger Woods (Little Rock, Senior, Forward, Criminal Justice)
Devonta Walker (UL Lafayette, Sr., F, General Studies)
Jay Wright (UL Lafayette, Jr., G, General Studies)
Nick Coppola (UL Monroe, Junior, Guard, Risk Management and Insurance)
Preseason Student-Athlete of the Year
Shawn Long (UL Lafayette, Sr., F/C, General Studies)
Sun Belt Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
School Points (First-Place Votes)
1. UL Lafayette 119 (9)
2. Georgia State 108 (2)
3. UL Monroe 97
4. Arkansas State 71
5. Little Rock 68
6. Appalachian State 64
7. South Alabama 56
8. UT Arlington 48
8. Texas State 48
10. Georgia Southern 28
11. Troy 19
Southern District 7 Conference Tournament Semifinals:
Bunker Hill: 3
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (12-6) defeated Converse (3-17) by a 3-0 score Tuesday night in a non-conference, regional match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Bears swept the Valkyries by scores of 25-11, 25-20 and 25-12 and won their second straight match and improved to 7-1 at home his season.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.), who totaled a match-high 13 kills in the match as the Bears hit .410 as a team in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) added 16 assists and freshman defensive specialist Bailey Cloninger (Hickory, N.C.) tallied 13 digs in the win.
For Converse, Katie Butler (Savannah, Ga.) and JaLesa Beaver (Katy, Texas) both finished with a match-high nine kills and Krislyn Moore (Spartanburg, S.C.) totaled 23 assists in the setback.
Converse, which suffered its 14th straight loss, hit just .074 for the match while the Bears improved to 6-0 all-time against the Valkyries.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to action on Friday evening and faces Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference match in Wingate, N.C., beginning at 7pm.
Central Academy: 5
East Burke: 2
Cavaliers season ends at 3-5.
Mt. Pleasant: 4
The Wildcats advance to the second round going to Hendersonville next Tuesday.
Blue Devils advance to the second round travelling to Lake Norman Charter next Tuesday.
The Panthers advance to the second round next Tuesday
The Red Tornadoes advance to the second round next Tuesday
Spencer Brown of St. Stephens High School was named as one of the two winners of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Performance of the Week awards, powered by Time Warner Cable Sports Channel with Jersey Mike’s Subs®.
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Brown had a game for the ages as he led St. Stephens to a thrilling 48-45 football victory over crosstown rival Hickory in a game that featured seven lead changes.
The senior quarterback carried the football 28 times for a whopping 342 yards and scored five touchdowns, while completing 10 of 18 passes for 132 yards and two more scores. That meant he accounted for 474 yards in total offense and seven touchdowns as St. Stephens beat Hickory on the St. Stephens home field for the first time in school history and also recorded victories in consecutive years in the rivalry for the first time ever.
As voted by the league’s coaches, Appalachian State University women’s basketball was picked to finish eighth in the preseason Sun Belt poll on Tuesday.
The Apps are picked eighth after finishing 14-16 overall and 9-11 in their first year in the league. Appalachian was picked eighth last season as well, but ended up finishing a spot higher in seventh place.
“First and foremost, I love our team and I love our process of getting one percent better each and every day,” stated head coach Angel Elderkin. “Preseason rankings and where other people see our team is out of our control. What we can control is how we compete in practice every day to equip us for the challenges that lie ahead. The Sun Belt Conference is a competitive league, when looking back at last season over 60 percent of all conference games were decided by 10 points or less. Our focus and mission will be to compete night in and night out.”
In light of being picked at the bottom half of the conference, junior Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) was named to the All-SBC preseason third team. Jones is returning as the team’s leading scorer from last season at an 8.4 scoring clip, while dishing out a team-high 76 assists (2.5 apg).
“Joi Jones will be an important part to our team’s overall success this season,” mentioned Elderkin. “She brings experience to our point guard position and we are excited about her continued growth and work ethic. “
For the second-straight season, Arkansas State was picked to finish in with 113 votes. Aundrea Gamble was tabbed as the Preseason Player of the Year for a second-consecutive season. Defending SBC Champions Little Rock was picked to finish third with 96 votes, and UT Arlington placing second with just one more vote(97). UL Lafayette (95 votes) and Troy (86 votes) round out the top five.
App State returns eight players from last season’s squad with six newcomers coming in. The Apps will open up the season with an exhibition contest on Nov. 7 against Lenoir-Rhyne before the regular season opener at the Holmes Center against 2015 NCAA Tournament participant Liberty on Friday, Nov. 13 at 11:30 a.m.
All-SBC Preseason First Team
Aundrea Gamble (Arkansas State, Senior, G)
Alexius Dawn (Little Rock, Senior, G)
Keke Veal (UL Lafayette, Senior, G)
Rebekah VanDijk (UT Arlington, Sophomore, C)
Ashley Beverly Kelley (Troy, Senior, G)
All-SBC Preseason Second Team
Khadija Brown-Haywood (Arkansas State, Senior, F)
Makeba Ponder (Georgia State, Soph., G)
Shanity James (Little Rock, Senior, F)
Kia Wilridge (UL Lafayette, Senior, G)
Ayriel Anderson (Texas State, Senior, G)
All-SBC Preseason Third Team
Joi Jones (Appalachian State, Junior, G)
Chyna Ellis (South Alabama, Sophomore, C)
LaShanda Green (UT Arlington, Senior, G)
Cierra Johnson (UT Arlington, Sophomore, G)
Caitlyn Ramirez (Troy, Junior, F)
Preseason Student-Athlete of the Year
Aundrea Gamble (Arkansas State, RS-Senior, Guard)
Predicted Order of Finish (First-Place Votes in Parentheses)
1. Arkansas State (6) - 113 pts
2. UT Arlington (1) - 97 pts
3. Little Rock (2) - 96 pts
4. UL Lafayette (1) - 95 pts
5. Troy (1) - 86 pts
6. Texas State - 66 pts
7. Georgia State - 57 pts
8. Appalachian State - 40 pts
9. UL Monroe - 38 pts
10. South Alabama - 26 pts
11. Georgia Southern - 12 pts