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Wednesday, 26 November 2014 06:43

Battle of Local Community College's Goes to Caldwell

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Caldwell Community College men's basketball team defeated Catawba Valley Community College 73-68 Tuesday night at CVCC.

Jeron Hemphill and Dominic Gilmore both had 12 points to pace Caldwell. The Cobras improve to 3-3 on the season. The Cobras return to play next Wednesday when they travel to Clinton Junior College.

Tryle Poindexter paced CVCC with 14 points. Red Hawks fall to 4-4 on the season. They travel to Spartanburg Methodist for their next game next Wednesday.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 06:27

High School Basketball Scores From Tuesday, 11/26/14

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Alexander Central: 71
St. Stephens: 32

Bunker Hill: 60
Fred T. Foard: 23

Draughn 52
West Lincoln: 41

Lake Norman: 58
Newton-Conover: 55

Maiden: 50
North Lincoln: 19

South Caldwell: 48
West Caldwell: 18

South Iredell: 55
Bandys: 51

Alexander Central: 59
St. Stephens: 42

Draughn: 68
West Lincoln: 66

East Burke: 83
Patton: 73

Fred T. Foard: 70
Bunker Hill: 45

Lake Norman: 63
Newton-Conover: 58

Maiden: 65
North Lincoln: 52

South Iredell: 85
Bandys: 47

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 22:41

App State Women's Basketball Win Third Straight

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Appalachian State University women’s basketball got its third-straight win on Tuesday, beating Gardner-Webb with a score of 77-69.

The Mountaineers (3-1) trailed for the majority of the game, but came back late in the second half to get an exciting victory over the Bulldogs (2-3).

The Bulldogs started the game with a three-pointer and a layup from Olivia Parker to lead 5-1. The Mountaineers found a couple of free throws, but struggled from the floor as Gardner-Webb went on a 8-2 run, leading the Apps, 14-6.

The Mountaineers missed shots, but converted on free throws to stay in the game, trailing by only three points with 10:57 left in the first half. It looked as though the Bulldogs would start to run away with it, leading 23-15 at the 7:10 time mark, but Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) hit two free throws and Vernessa Hinnant (Selma, N.C./Miami Dade) came off the bench to hit two-three pointers for App State.

The Mountaineers ended the first half with an 8-1 run to trail 32-31 at halftime.

Jones led Appalachian with nine points as the team shot just 24.1 percent from the floor in the first half.

Gardner-Webb was led by Jessica Heilig’s 10 points, while the team recorded a 40.0 percent field goal percentage.

Mia Marshall (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) came out in the second half to hit a layup 30 seconds in, giving the Apps a 33-32 lead. Gardner-Webb immediately responded, finding points to take a 42-39 lead with 15:12 to play.

Two points from KeKe Cooper (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) and a jumper from Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) gave Appalachian a 46-44 lead at the 13:19 mark, but the Bulldogs tied it up again at 46, then took a 56-50 lead with 10:39 to play.

With 7:04 left and Gardner-Webb with a 63-60 lead, the Mountaineers began to take control of the game. Appalachian went on an amazing 20-3 run, finding points from Jones, Marshall, Bria Huffman (Clover, S.C./Clover), Katie Mallow (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood) and Maryah Sydnor (Radford, Va./Radford) to lead the game, 76-64 with 1:41 left to play.

From there the Apps could close it out, taking the game 77-69 and adding another exciting finish to the Mountaineers’ 2014-15 season.

Jones led the Mountaineers with a career-high 20 points, shooting 7-10 from the floor, while also adding six assists. Sydnor followed with 13 points and eight rebounds. Mallow and Huffman chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Cooper led the Apps on the boards, tallying 12 rebounds in the win.

App State finished the game with a 40.6 field goal percentage, recording 43 rebounds and 18 turnovers.

Gardner-Webb was led by Jessica Heilig’s 21 points in the game. The team shot 36.7 percent from the floor, while tallying 35 rebounds and 23 turnovers.

The Mountaineers return to action on Sunday, Nov. 30 when they host Radford at 2 p.m.

The Wingate Men’s Basketball Team (5-0, 3-0) remained unbeaten on the season with a 70-58 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (1-4, 1-2) Tuesday night in the Bears’ home opener at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference game.

Four Bulldogs scored in double figures – including Keith Griffin (Concord, N.C.) with 13 points and 10 rebounds – as Wingate rallied from a 33-29 halftime deficit to take the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) with a game-high 15 points including 12 in the first half despite the loss.

Wingate trailed by a 41-38 score with 15:55 remaining when junior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) hit a three-pointer for Lenoir-Rhyne before proceeding to score the next 10 points to take the lead for good.

Perry, the league’s leading scorer, was limited to just 10 points in the losing effort. The Bulldogs also hit 17-of-19 free throws including 14-of-15 after halftime as Wingate outscored Lenoir-Rhyne by a 41-25 margin in the second half.

Ryan Daye (Burlington, N.C.) and Lee McCall (Indian Land, S.C.) both scored 11 points for the Bulldogs, who have won all three conference games away from home so far this year.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman guard Justice Morgan (Kennesaw, Ga.) added 14 points including three treys in the loss as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the Finis Horne Classic on Friday at 5:30 p.m., in Greenwood, S.C. Wingate faces UNC Pembroke on the road Monday night beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 21:54

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Falls in Home Opener

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (1-4, 1-2) suffered a 56-49 loss to Wingate (2-3, 2-1) in the Bears’ 2014-15 home opener at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium Tuesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game.

The Bulldogs’ Alex Tomlinson (Raleigh, N.C.) came off the bench to score a game-high 13 points while Kelli Bonner (Yadkinville, N.C.) added 11 points including eight in the final nine minutes in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) finished with a team-high 11 points and senior All-American guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) added a double-double – 10 points and 10 rebounds – despite the loss.

Bonner broke a 39-39 tie at the 6:50 mark of the second half with a lay-up which proved to be the game-winner. Wingate also made six free throws in the final 22 seconds to seal the win.

The Bears held a 45-36 edge in rebounding and limited the Bulldogs to just 30 percent shooting (19-of-63) for the game but turned the ball over 26 times in the loss.

After three losses to start the year, Wingate has responded with back-to-back victories. Chantal Dunbar (Virginia Beach, Virginia) added nine points and 12 rebounds in the victory as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts North Georgia in a non-conference game on Tuesday night beginning at 6:00 p.m. Wingate faces UNC Pembroke in Pembroke, N.C., on Sunday afternoon beginning at 2:00 p.m.

After helping lead Appalachian State University men’s basketball to two-straight wins, junior guard Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) has been named as the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday.

Eaves averaged 21.3 points over three games last week and twice set a career-high in scoring. He hit the 20-point mark for the first time in a loss to Furman last Wednesday and followed that up with a 19-point effort in a 65-63 win at Virginia Tech on Saturday.

His game-winning shot with one second left against the Hokies gave Appalachian its first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent for the first time since 2006, snapped a 10-game losing streak to Division I non-conference opponents and stopped a six-game skid against Virginia Tech.

Eaves followed that up by exploding for 25 points in Monday’s home win against Hampton (82-74). He finished 6-of-13 from the floor against the Pirates and was an incredible 12-of-12 from the free-throw line. The Mountaineers’ win over Hampton marked the first time since 2009 that the Apps defeated back-to-back Division I non-conference foes. He also added five rebounds, five steals and three assists during the week.

During the three-game stretch, he shot an impressive 84.4 percent (27-of-32) from the charity stripe and currently ranks seventh in the Sun Belt in scoring (17.5 ppg) and 12th in free-throw percentage (85.3 percent).

Eaves’ honor is the first of his three-year career and is the first conference Player of the Week award for a Mountaineer since Jay Canty was named as the Southern Conference Player of the Week on Dec. 4, 2012.

Appalachian State returns to action at Jacksonville on Thursday, Dec. 4. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. tipoff from Veterans Memorial Arena.

The Hickory Metro Sports Commission (HMSC) has announced a new corporate partner for the 28th annual Catawba Valley Classic. Dick's Sporting Goods has agreed to be the presenting sponsor for this year's event. The tournament will be known as "The 2014 Dick's Sporting Goods Catawba Valley Classic".

"We are trying to build on what has been a successful tournament over the years. We want to create additional excitement for the fans as well as the student athletes," said Tournament Director Ronnie Hainor. "We believe bringing in a presenting sponsor like Dick's Sporting Goods is a great opportunity for everyone involved. We will work closely with them to create additional enthusiasm and interest, which we hope will translate into larger attendance at the games."

The Catawba Valley Classic is well known throughout the region as the premier holiday high school basketball tournament over the past 27 years. HMSC serves as the host organization for the event and distributes the gate receipts among the participating schools. Following the 2013 event, each high school playing in the tournament received a donation of more than $2,800.

"Dick's Sporting Goods is proud to be the title sponsor of a tournament with such a rich tradition as the Catawba Valley Classic," said Dick's Sporting Goods Community Marketing Manager Gerard Littlejohn. "We're excited to be a part of the greater Hickory community through this tournament as it provides our brand an opportunity to connect with our customers while supporting several high school athletic programs."

The 2014 Dick's Sporting Goods Catawba Valley Classic High School Basketball Tournament will be held Saturday, December 27th through Tuesday, December 30th, 2014. There will be no games on Sunday, December 28th. The tournament will feature the men's and women's teams from eight area high schools competing in the three day event. The eight competing schools are Alexander Central, Bunker Hill, Fred T. Foard, Hickory, Maiden, Newton-Conover, St. Stephens and South Caldwell.

Appalachian State University women's basketball player Maryah Sydnor was named Sun Belt Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.

Sydnor helped lead the Mountaineers to two wins this past week, first scoring 25 points against ETSU and following that performance up with 19 points against UNCW.

The junior also led the team in rebounds, recording eight in each game. Sydnor was extremely accurate in both games, notching a 69.2 percent (9-13) field goal percentage against ETSU and shooting 66.7 percent (8-12) from the floor against UNCW.

The Radford, Va. native also tallied five steals and five assists, while shooting 90.0 percent (9-10) from the free throw line this past week.

Sydnor currently leads the Sun Belt in scoring with 25.7 points per game and is ranked 27th in the country for scoring average.

Sydnor and the rest of the Mountaineers will take on Gardner-Webb tonight at Holmes Center at 7 p.m.

Sun Belt Players of the Week
11.18 - Ka’Nesheia Cobbins, UALR
11.25 - Maryah Sydnor, Appalachian State

Each year the St. Stephens High School volleyball team seeks to give back to the community by supporting an individual in need or other worthy cause. This year St. Stephens have chosen to raise funds to support one of their own classmates, Kilby Davis.

Davis is a 15 year old student who was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called Danon’s Disease on June 1, 2013. Danon disease is a condition in which the heart muscle hardens causing the heart to work harder thus weakening the heart. As a result, Davis needs a new heart and is currently on the heart transplant list.

The Love for Kilby fund has been established to collect donations to help Davis and her family when a new heart is found. St. Stephens is asking for your help to add to this fund in hopes that Kilby’s heart will come soon.

Kings vs Queens volleyball game was held on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 at St. Stephens High School. It was a fun game in which the girls form the JV and Varsity Volleyball team challenged guys from the football and soccer teams and St. Stephens faculty to a grudge match for bragging rights. Each participant raised $40 or more to participate in the game. 100% of the proceeds were donated to the Love for Kilby Fund. Sponsorships from players, faculty, and the surrounding community raised over $2500 for Kilby. The admission, concessions, and half and half tickets from the night of the game will also be added to the amount raised.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:19

Appalachian State Men's Basketball Wins Home Opener

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Behind a career-high 25 points from Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page), Appalachian State University men’s basketball cruised to an 82-74 win over Hampton on Monday night at the Holmes Center.

Appalachian State (2-2) raced out to a 13-2 lead and never trailed en route to the home-opening triumph. After taking the early 11-point lead, the Mountaineers never led by less than five points and expanded the advantage to as many as 15 during the second half of the comfortable victory.

The Mountaineers set the tone early, scoring the first nine points of the ball game to put the Pirates (1-4) into an early hole that they were unable to dig out of.

Jacob Lawson’s (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military Academy [Purdue]) fast break dunk at the 15:52 mark gave Appalachian its first double-digit lead of the ballgame (13-2), but Hampton responded with a 10-4 run to close the gap to just five points (17-12) midway through the opening period.

The Mountaineers looked as if they would head to the break with a 10-point lead, but Hampton’s Deron Powers hit a three-pointer with two seconds left to make it 43-36 at the break and give the Pirates some momentum heading into the locker room.

Despite the three pointer to end the half, Appalachian roared out of the locker room and outscored the Pirates 10-2 over the first four minutes of the second half to take a commanding 53-38 lead and held a double-digit advantage for nearly the entire half.

Hampton was able to cut the deficit to six points (80-74) with 10 seconds to play, but Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) hit a pair of free throws in the closing moments to make the final 82-74.

Eaves made 6-of-13 shots from the field and 12-of-12 from the foul line to tally the career-best 25 points. He surpassed his previous career high of 20, set last Wednesday in a loss at Furman. The 6-2 junior guard has scored at least 19 points in three-straight games.

Burgess also set a new career high with 20 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the floor and 10-of-12 marksmanship from the line. Freshman forward Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) added 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and a team-high-tying five rebounds off the bench to round out three Mountaineers in double-figures.

In all, Appalachian made 44.2 percent of its shots from the field (23-of-52) and 81.6 percent from the from the free-throw line (31-of-28). The Pirates shot just 39.6 percent (21-of-53) of their shots, including 8-of-24 from long range.

Brian Darden scored 20 points for Hampton while Powers added 13 and Quinton Chievous had 11 and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

The Mountaineers will have 10 days off before returning to action on Dec. 4 at Jacksonville. Tipoff for the game against the Dolphins is slated for 7 p.m.

NOTES: Appalachian State moved to 1-0 all-time against Hampton and 5-4 against teams from the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference ... after dropping 10-straight non-conference games against Division I opponents, Appalachian has now won two in a row for the first time since 2009 (Nov. 28 vs. Morgan State and Nov. 30 vs. Winthrop) ... the 72 combined free throws were the most in an App State basketball game since Feb. 8, 2014, when the Mountaineers and Western Carolina combined to shoot 81 free throws in an overtime contest ... Burgess and Eaves combined to go 22-of-24 (91.7 percent) from the charity stripe ... Appalachian outscored Hampton 34-20 in the paint ... the Mountaineers have now led for 69:44 of a possible 80 minutes over the past two games ... App State’s free-throw percentage was its highest since connecting on 28-of-34 attempts (82.4 percent) in an 83-70 win over UNCG on Jan. 14, 2013 ... Tab Hamilton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Fishburne Military Academy) returned from a three-game suspension for a violation of team rules and grabbed five rebounds.