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Wednesday, 09 December 2015 17:42

App State Volleyball Has Four Named to NCCISA Honors

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Just one day after receiving American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) all-region honorable mention, Appalachian State University volleyball had four student-athletes receive North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) honors on Wednesday.

2015 Sun Belt Conference Offensive Student-Athlete of the Year, Jess Keller (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven), as well as first-team selections Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee) and Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) and second-team selection Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) were named to the NCCSIA first and second teams.

Keller and Brown were named to the first team, while Corrigan and Gregory earned second team honors. Keller, Brown and Corrigan were all named to the 2014 all-state team last season.

The Mountaineers finished the 2015 campaign with a 22-8 overall record, including a 13-3 mark in the Sun Belt while matching a program record 16-match win streak (Sept. 12-Nov. 6). During the year, Keller led the conference and team in both kills (507) and kills per set (4.57), while Corrigan finished behind her with 411 kills and 3.70 kills per set.

With Keller’s breakout season, she propelled herself into 10th all-time on the program’s career kills list with 1,210. Keller topped her career high for kills in a match, notching 26 in the Sun Belt championship match against Arkansas State. She previously had topped her career high earlier in the season on two occasions with 25 kills in wins over Liberty and Georgia State.

Brown enjoyed another ultra-impressive season as the main setter and heartbeat of the Mountaineer offense in 2015. Brown accumulated 1,335 assists to lead the Sun Belt and also averaged a gaudy 12.03 assists per set. With those numbers, Brown secured herself the top spot in program history for career assists with 4,478 career helpers. Brown was named Sun Belt Setter of the Week a total of seven times to lead the conference.

Corrigan vaulted into second all time with 1,399 career kills. Keller was named Sun Belt Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week once, while Corrigan earned the award twice during the season.

Gregory, a transfer middle blocker this season, turned in a stellar campaign for Appalachian State and was a huge force in everything the program accomplished this season. Gregory finished third on the squad with 312 kills and 3.15 kills per set. In addition to those numbers, Gregory finished second in the Sun Belt with a .354 hitting percentage, just one hundredth of a point behind the leader.

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 23:23

High School Basketball Results From Tuesday, 12/8/15

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Girls
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 72
Chase: 33

East Burke: 80
Burns: 42

Non-conference:
Alexander Central: 54
St. Stephens: 52

Bandys: 51
South Iredell: 44

Hickory: 59
Statesville: 14

Maiden: 55
West Iredell: 42

McDowell: 66
Fred T. Foard: 18

West Caldwell: 42
Hibriten: 17

Boys
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Burns: 61
East Burke: 60

Chase: 50
Draughn: 49

Non-conference:
Alexander Central: 60
St. Stephens: 38

Bandys: 65
South Iredell: 63

Hibriten: 70
West Caldwell: 27

McDowell: 72
Fred T. Foard: 51

Hickory: 89
Statesville: 49

Maiden: 57
West Iredell: 45

McDowell: 72
Fred T. Foard: 51

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 22:41

Conner Resigns as Head Football Coach at Bunker Hill

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Bunker Hill High School has announced that Travis Conner has resigned as the head football coach.

Conner coached Bunker Hill since 2010 with an overall record of 28-42.

A search for the new head coach at Bunker Hill begins after Christmas break.

Appalachian State University women’s basketball head coach Angel Elderkin is excited to announce the signing of four student-athletes to the 2016 recruiting class.

The Apps will bring in a successful quartet of commits that all hail from North Carolina. The foursome has won numerous individual and team awards, as well as setting records at their respective high schools. All four student-athletes are expected to make an immediate contribution to the App State women’s basketball program next season.

“It is with great excitement to that I welcome our Class of 2016 into our Appalachian State Family,” stated Elderkin.” "My staff did a tremendous job, identifying not only quality student-athletes, but more importantly, high character individuals. Our Appalachian community is going to love this 2016 class.”

Bayley Plummer | 6-2 | Forward | East Davidson High School | Thomasville, N.C.

Plummer is a four-year letterwinner in basketball and softball and a three-year letterwinner in golf. Under head coach Don Corry, Plummer has earned all-conference honors her first three seasons. She was named Conference Player of the Year during her sophomore campaign and Player of the Year in District 7 her junior season. She also earned her team’s Most Valuable Player award three consecutive years in basketball and garnered all-state honors during her freshman and sophomore seasons. The forward has put up impressive numbers in her first three seasons, averaging at least 15 points, 13 boards, and 6 blocks per game. Her best season came when she turned in career highs in points (16.4), rebounds (14.6), and blocks (7.2) per contest. A well-rounded athlete, she has earned all-conference awards in golf and all-state and all-conference awards in softball.

Elderkin on Plummer: “Bayley Plummer is an absolute steal for Appalachian State and will make an immediate impact to the program. Not only will she be a major presence in the post, but her basketball IQ and love for the game is one of a kind.”

Brooklyn Allen | 5-8 | Guard | Pisgah High School | Canton, N.C.

A four-sport letterwinner at Pisgah, Allen has had a successful high school career in basketball, volleyball, softball, and track and field. Allen has earned all-conference and all-district basketball honors for three-straight seasons. During her freshman and sophomore seasons, Allen was named the region’s Most Valuable Player and led her team to a state championship during her sophomore year; she was also named the state champion MVP. In track and field, Allen was all-conference and all-district; she was the regional champion in the long jump her junior season. In volleyball, she earned all-conference honors each of her four years, and was voted Player of the Year her senior season. A pure scorer at the guard position, Allen averages 23.6 points per game and has scored 1,500 points for her career. She was the fastest player in her school’s history to reach the 1000-point club.

Elderkin on Allen: “Brooklyn Allen is an outstanding athlete who can flat out score the basketball. Her work ethic is second to none and she will provide us with another scoring threat from behind the arc.”

Armani Hampton | 5-11| Guard/Forward | Atkins High School | Winston-Salem, N.C.
Hampton, a letterwinner at Atkins High School under the direction of Louis Lowery, is a bonafide scorer and rebounder, scoring 17.8 points and averaging 9.6 rebounds per game. The guard reached the 1000-point mark her junior season while earning All Conference, MVP, and Player of the Year honors. Hampton played her travel ball for the Carolina All-Stars Bond under Porshe Jones with fellow App State commit, Mikaya Wilson.

Elderkin on Hampton: “Armani Hampton is a tremendous athlete with the ability to play on the wing or in the paint. She has a knack for the ball and epitomizes our rebounding philosophy. She plays the game with the level and intensity it is meant to be played.”


Mikaya Wilson | 5-7 | Guard | Knightdale High School | Knightdale, N.C.

Much like her fellow commits, Wilson has been a multi-sport letterwinner at Knightdale (4 in basketball , 1 in track and field, 1 in volleyball). Wilson has put together an impressive high school resume, earning All Conference honors her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. The future Mountaineer was also the three-time Most Valuable Player on her squad. A true student-athlete, she has been recognized on several “all-academic” teams in her conference. The in-state native averaged 16 points, 6.3 rebounds, 7.1 assists, and 5.4 steals per game her junior campaign. Wilson played her travel ball on the Carolina All Stars under Porshe Jones with future teammate, Armani Hampton.

Elderkin on Wilson: “Mikaya Wilson is a dynamic person both on and off the court. She is a high-motor guard that is perfect for our system. Her ability to defend 94 feet as well as her quickness on offense is going to impact our backcourt immediately."

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jacob Slagle has been named the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Football Scholar-Athlete Of The Year, league officials announced today.

Slagle, a junior offensive tackle from Sharpsburg, Ga., has been a starter since his redshirt freshman year on the Bears’ offensive line and carries a 3.87 grade point average while majoring in religious development.

Slagle has been a part of three South Atlantic Conference Championship Teams and three squads who earned postseason berths (2012-14) including the 2013 NCAA Division II National Finalists.

Slagle has helped anchor a unit which has led NCAA Division II in rushing offense the past three years. In 2014, Lenoir-Rhyne finished 11-1 on the year and No. 8 in the nation while rushing for a Division II single-season record of 416.2 yards per game. This fall, the Bears topped the charts at 384.7 yards per game rushing.

In the classroom, Slagle earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in both 2014 and 2015 and is a three-time member of the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll. In addition, Slagle has been named to both the Dean’s List and President’s List.

Slagle is a recipient of both the Honors Trustee and Major James Ursano Scholarships and was a 2015 nominee for the Good Works Team for NCAA Division II – the most esteemed off-the-field honor in football.

A leader off the field as well, Slagle has been active on campus and in the community. Slagle is a member of two Honor Societies – Alpha Lambda and Psi Chi International – as well as Lenoir-Rhyne’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council, the Angel Bear Program and the football team’s leadership council.

Slagle has also traveled abroad with mission trips to Alaska, Panama City, Mexico and East Asia and has did volunteer work with the Salvation Army and the Campus Crusade for Christ.

“Jacob (Slagle) is an incredible young man and an outstanding leader on our football team,” said Aaron Brock, Assistant Coach and Academic Coordinator for the Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team.

“Jacob (Slagle) embodies the scholar-athlete award as he demonstrates excellence on the field, in the classroom and beyond,” said Dr. Amy Wood, Lenoir-Rhyne’s Faculty Athletic Representative.

Appalachian State University volleyball had four student-athletes receive American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Southeast all-region honorable mentions on Tuesday, as announced by the AVCA.

2015 Sun Belt Conference Offensive Student-Athlete of the Year, Jess Keller (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven), as well as first-team selections Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee) and Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) and second-team selection Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) were named to the honorable mention Southeast all-region team.

Previously, the Mountaineers had boasted just three student-athletes that received AVCA honorable mention recognition. Stefanie Panzer (2002-05) earned the honor in back-to-back seasons in 2004 and 2005, while Brittany Zahn (2005-07) was honored in 2007.

“I’m proud of Paige, Em, Jess and Ash for being named honorable mention all-region. While I was hoping we’d see a name or two on the all-region team, this is still a huge honor for them and great recognition for our program,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “Before this season, we’ve had three all-region awards, so having four in one year means we are getting the right players and moving in the right direction. They definitely set themselves amongst the top players in the country this year and I’m happy other coaches noticed.”

The Mountaineers finished the 2015 campaign with a 22-8 overall record, including a 13-3 mark in the Sun Belt while matching a program record 16-match win streak (Sept. 12-Nov. 6). During the year, Keller led the conference and team in both kills (507) and kills per set (4.57), while Corrigan finished behind her with 411 kills and 3.70 kills per set.

With Keller’s breakout season, she propelled herself into 10th all-time on the program’s career kills list with 1,210. Corrigan vaulted into second all time with 1,399 career kills. Keller was named Sun Belt Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week once, while Corrigan earned the award twice during the season.

Appalachian State University has sold out its initial allotment of tickets to the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, director of athletics Doug Gillin announced on Tuesday.

After selling out its initial allotment of tickets in just 48 hours, Appalachian State has been allocated more tickets for the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, which is set for Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. (5:30 p.m. ET - ESPN).

Appalachian’s second allotment of Camellia Bowl tickets go on sale on Wednesday at 9 a.m. While supplies last, tickets can be purchased by phone at (828) 262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located at the Holmes Center. Ticket sales are available 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Online ticket sales are no longer available.

For more information, including travel packages available to Appalachian fans, visit Appalachian State’s Camellia Bowl Central page at appstatesports.com/bowlcentral.

The Carson-Newman Volleyball Team (29-7) rallied to win the last three sets to prevail in the 2015 NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship over Lenoir-Rhyne (25-8), 3-1, Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center.

The Eagles won by scores of 24-26, 25-18, 25-22 and 25-16 and defeated the Bears for the third time this year. Carson-Newman also snapped Lenoir-Rhyne’s 13-match winning streak.

Carson-Newman has advanced to the 2015 NCAA Division II Volleyball Elite Eight and will face Wayne State (Neb.) in the national quarterfinals on Thursday, December 10, at the Bob Martinez Athletics Center in Tampa, Fla.

The Eagles were led by Molly Locke (College Grove, Tenn.) with 20 kills and 27 digs and Maddie Borch (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and Sara Fairley (Charlotte, N.C.) with 14 kills each in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 20 kills and 17 digs while senior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) added a double-double – 22 assists and 15 digs – in the losing effort.

Anna Patton (Franklin, Tenn.) contributed 47 assists and 11 digs for the Eagles, who won their first region championship in school history.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior outside hitter Ashley Wells (Lovingston, Va.) finished with 11 kills and freshman setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) totaled 18 assists and 17 digs as the Bears ended the season with their second-most victories in school history in addition to their first-ever South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship two weeks ago.

2015 NCAA Division II Volleyball
Southeast Region All-Tournament Team

Maddie Borch, Carson-Newman
Molly Locke, Carson-Newman
Anna Patton, Carson-Newman
Brooke Redmond, Lenoir-Rhyne
Emily Steele, Lenoir-Rhyne
Brandi Thomas, Lenoir-Rhyne
Kristen Doge, Erskine
Payton Duncan, Erskine
Kelly Sullivan, Erskine
Taryn Angermeier, Lander
Hallie Dotson, Lander
Shelly Stumpff, Wingate

Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) took center stage at Madison Square Garden with a career high 38 points, including 24 in the second half, but it would not be enough for Appalachian State University men’s basketball and they would fall 86-80 to Hofstra on Sunday afternoon.

Eaves would shoot a remarkable 13-of-21 from the floor including another stellar night from three-point range as he knocked down 6-of-12 from long range. The senior guard also finished 6-for-7 from the charity stripe.

Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) and Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) both finished in double-figures with 10 points a piece. Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military Academy/Purdue) grabbed nine boards to lead the Mountaineers (2-6), while Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) turned in a solid performance with eight points and six rebounds.

App State would get it going early offensively and with the score in its favor at 11-10, the Mountaineers would engineer a 10-0 run to open up a 21-13 lead with 11:44 left in the first half. The run was keyed by a Shabazz three-pointer and included buckets from Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School), Johnson and Eaves.

The Mountaineers would keep the Pride at a distance over the next couple of minutes, but Hofstra went on a 8-0 run to cut the App State lead to one at 26-25. App State would go back up by as much as four, but would go into halftime with a 36-34 advantage. At the break, Eaves was leading all scorers with 14 points.

It wouldn’t take the Pride long to regain the lead in the second half and at the 17:35 mark a layup from Ameen Tanksley put Hofstra ahead 43-42. Beginning at the 17:31 mark, the game would see six lead changes in the next 4:59 and would be tied 55-55 with 12:32 remaining in the game. During the see-saw battle, the Mountaineers got a three from Burgess and a thunderous dunk from Johnson.

After two Johnson free throws knotted the score, Hofstra constructed a 7-0 run to take a 62-55 lead and was capped by a Brian Bernardi triple. Bernardi led the Pride with 23 points in the game.

Appalachian was down as many as eight points with 6:21 left in the game, but made a ferocious comeback. Down 73-65, App State would get to within two points at 74-72 on an effecient 7-1 run that took just 1:33 off the clock. Eaves got it started with a three-pointer and it included a Lawson dunk and was capped off with an Eaves layup.

App State wouldn’t be able to get over the hump and Hofstra would outscore the Apps 12-10 to finish the game. Hofstra committed just seven turnovers all game and outscored the Mountaineers 8-0 in points off turnovers.

Appalachian State will return to the floor on Tuesday, Dec. 15 when it travels to Austin, Texas for a showdown with the Texas Longhorns. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. EST on the Longhorn Network.

Appalachian State University football has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2015 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 19 in Montgomery, Ala., where it will face Ohio from the Mid-American Conference. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. ET at Montgomery’s historic Cramton Bowl. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

TICKETS
Appalachian State’s allotment of Raycom Media Camellia Bowl tickets are on sale now at appstatesports.com/tickets. Online ticket sales are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Tickets can also be purchased by phone at (828) 262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State athletics ticket office from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Fans that pre-ordered Raycom Media Camellia Bowl tickets through Appalachian State athletics do not need to place a separate order. Fans that pre-ordered tickets will be charged for their Raycom Media Camellia Bowl requests on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Fans that would like to add additional tickets to an existing order can do so by calling the Appalachian State athletics ticket office at (828) 262-2079.

Mountaineer fans are urged to purchase tickets from Appalachian State’s allotment for several very important reasons, including:

• tickets purchased through Appalachian State directly supports Mountaineer athletics and student-athletes;

• purchasing tickets through Appalachian State’s allotment guarantees that your group will be seated in the official App State seating block(s).

• purchasing tickets through the University’s allotment positions Appalachian State for future postseason opportunities by establishing a tradition of strong bowl participation by our fan base.

TRAVEL AND EVENTS
Appalachian State athletics is offering an official travel package to the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. The trip, which includes round-trip charter flight from Greensboro and land-only options, runs from Friday, Dec. 18-Sunday, Dec. 20. For details, visit appstatesports.com.

The Raycom Media Camellia Bowl and Appalachian State athletics also have a wide array of events planned for fans that make the trip to Montgomery. Visit appstatesports.com for details.

THE MATCHUP
Appalachian State (10-2, 7-1 Sun Belt) has already matched a Sun Belt Conference single-season record with 10 victories and finished in second place in league standings. The Mountaineers are making their first-ever NCAA bowl appearance in their first season of eligibility after transitioning to NCAA Division I FBS from Division I FCS.

App State ranks among the nation’s top 20 in 17 different statistical categories, including scoring offense (37.2 ppg — 19th) and defense (18.3 ppg — 13th). The Mountaineers only defeats came at the hands of No. 1 Clemson (41-10 on Sept. 12) and Sun Belt champion Arkansas State (40-27 on Nov. 5).

Appalachian appeared in 10 bowl games at the NAIA level from 1931-1955. The Mountaineers’ last bowl appearance was a 7-0 loss to East Tennessee State in the 1955 Burley Bowl in Johnson City, Tenn.

App State also made 20 appearances in the NCAA Division I-AA/FCS playoffs from 1986-2012. The Mountaineers were 24-17 all-time in I-AA/FCS playoff games and won three-straight national championships from 2005-07.

Ohio (8-4, 5-3 MAC) placed second in the Mid-American Conference’s East Division in 2015. The Bobcats’ eight wins include impressive victories over Marshall (21-10 on Sept. 12) and Northern Illinois (26-21 on Nov. 24).

Ohio is making its ninth all-time bowl appearance. After making only two postseason appearances from 1894-2006 (1962 Sun Bowl and 1968 Tangerine Bowl), the Bobcats are making playing in their seventh bowl game in the last nine seasons. In their most recent postseason contest, Ohio lost to East Carolina, 37-20, in the 2013 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“It’s with great pride that we accept the invitation to participate in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. With 10 wins in their first season of bowl eligibility, our coaches and student-athletes are very deserving of this honor and for the opportunity to be showcased on a national stage. I’m excited for our whole University community — students, alumni, faculty, staff and fans — to be able to share in this historic event. App Nation will be on full display in Montgomery and we can’t wait!”
— Appalachian State director of athletics Doug Gillin

“This is a great day in the history of our program, our athletics department and our University. I am so pleased that our student-athletes will be rewarded for everything they accomplished this season by getting to experience a bowl game. To be able to do it in our first season of eligibility just makes it that much sweeter. While this is a reward for everyone associated with our program, we are not just happy to be here. Our goal is to come home with a win. We have our work cut out for us facing a very good Ohio team. The Mid-American Conference was perhaps the deepest Group of Five conference in the nation this season and we have a lot of respect for what Ohio has been able to accomplish. It will be a great challenge for our team to see how we match up against the Bobcats.”
— Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield