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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 22:26

Garmroth Picks Up Career Win 250 in CVCC Triumph

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Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball defeated Guilford Tech 88-71 at home Wednesday night. With the win, head coach Bryan Garmroth wins his career 250th game.

The Red Hawks were led by Emmanuel Wembi with a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds. Wembi recorded his second double-double of the season. Derick Brewer added 15 points and Alex Ijames came off the bench to score 14.

Catawba Valley shot 43 percent from the field in the contest, at 33 of 77.

With the win against Guilford Tech head coach Bryan Garmroth recorded his 250th career Junior College win. This season is Coach Garmroth’s sixth season with the Red Hawks, 13th season in Junior College basketball and 25th season in college coaching. Garmroth entered the season 11 wins shy of the 250 mark and with tonight’s win he now holds a 250-134 record for a career 65.1 win percentage for his 13 seasons as a Junior College basketball head coach.

Garmroth helped lead the Red Hawks to their best season ever in 2015-2016 posting a program best 23-9 record and finishing runner-up in the district tournament, one game shy of reaching the National Tournament. Garmroth was voted by his peers as the Region X Coach of the Year, the third time he has received this award in his career and first with the Red Hawks. This was only the second time the Red Hawks basketball team had recorded 20+ wins, with the first being in 2012-2013 also under Garmroth.

With the win, the Red Hawks are 11-5 overall and 5-2 in the conference. The Red Hawks this weekend will play at Lenoir Community College on Saturday and at Pitt Community College on Sunday.

Appalachian State University 133-pound wrestler Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) was named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week on Wednesday after his 2-0 showing on Sunday, Jan. 8 on Old Timer’s Night.

The freshman opened up the afternoon pinning The Citadel’s Andrew Szalwinski in 2:47 to help catapult the Mountaineers to a 34-15 victory over the Bulldogs. In his second match, the Missouri native took down Roshaun Cooley of Clarion in a 14-2 major decision that helped the Apps defeat the Golden Eagles 23-10.

Due to his spectacular performance on Sunday, Smith now owns an overall record of 20-7, he remains undefeated in the SoCon (4-0) and has registered two pins on the season.

Up next, the No. 21 Mountaineers (9-2, 4-0 SoCon) will face off against the Duke Blue Devils in Durham, N.C. at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17. App State will resume SoCon action on Jan. 24 when they host Gardner-Webb at 7 p.m.

The Catawba Valley Athletic Department would like to honor our high academic achieving Student-Athletes for the 2016 fall semester. Student-Athletes who achieve a 3.75 GPA are named to the athletics President's List while student-athletes with a 3.2 GPA or higher are named to the Athletic Director's List.

We are excited honor these 35 student-athletes for their academic achievement and proud to announce the most student-athletes (11) with 4.0 in program history.

President's List (3.75 or higher)

Daniel Brinegar 4.0 (Baseball)

Jenna Dunsmore 4.0 (Volleyball)

Courtney Eckmann 4.0 (Volleyball)

Grant Gordon 4.0 (Baseball)

Justin Greer 4.0 (Baseball)

Charles Hall 4.0 (Baseball)

Chandler Jenkins 4.0 (Baseball)

Sabrina Pinard 4.0 (Volleyball)

Ada Thompson 4.0 (Volleyball)

GaoSee Vang 4.0 (Volleyball)
Grace Wellman 4.0 (Women’s Basketball)

Mallory Bailey (Volleyball)

Awuor Dit (Women’s Basketball)

Brad Dzeskewicz (Baseball)

TJ Goco (Baseball)

David Graves (Baseball)

Leslie Leonard (Volleyball)

Shaniya Lester (Women’s Basketball)

Regan Redmond (Volleyball)

Athletic Director's List (3.2 or higher)

Vittoria Agrusa (Women’s Basketball)

Ramsey Fulmer (Volleyball)

Kaidyn Hamilton (Baseball)

Jordan Jeter (Baseball)

Ieshia Love (Women’s Basketball)

Jimmy Marcelli (Baseball)

Nikkyana McCaskill (Women’s Basketball)

Todd Mulkey (Baseball)
Tyler Nigro (Baseball)

Sadie Outhouse (Women’s Basketball)

Jacob Ruettgers (Baseball)

Julian Smith (Baseball)

Walker Smith (Baseball)

Andrew Tillghman (Baseball)

Thomas Walden (Baseball)

Cory Watt (Baseball)

Appalachian State University men’s basketball head coach Jim Fox has announced the addition of former William & Mary forward Hunter Seacat (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) to the Mountaineer roster on Wednesday. Seacat will be eligible to play for the Mountaineers beginning in the 2017-18 season.

Seacat, a current sophomore, finished his freshman campaign for the Tribe in 2015-16. The Mooresville, N.C. native stands as a 6-foot, 9-inch 235-pound forward who came off the bench in 19 contests for the Tribe last season.

Averaging 8.7 minutes per game, Seacat posted 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds per contest for William & Mary. He scored a season-high eight points on 4-of-5 shooting and added five rebounds in 13 minutes against Hofstra. Seacat finished the season shooting 60.7 percent (17-of-28) from the floor.

A graduate of Lake Norman High School in Mooresville, Seacat was named to the 12-man Associated Press North Carolina All-State team as a senior. During his final season at Lake Norman, Seacat averaged 18.7 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game, while shooting 67.0 percent from the field - helping his team to a 17-9 mark, including a second-round state playoff victory.

He was selected as a Statesville Record and Landmark County Boys Basketball Player of the Year in 2015, scoring 20 or more points in 13 of his team’s 26 games and tallied a double-double on nine occasions. He ranks first in school history in field goals made, field goal percentage and career blocks, while coming second in total rebounds defensive rebounds and offensive rebounds.

A forward who possesses a 7-foot wingspan, Seacat was invited to compete in the North Carolina Top 80 event in March 2014. He played AAU (American Athletic Union) for PSB Select, coached by Brendan Winters, helping the program to the Silver Bracket Division I SuperShowcase title and the Best of the South Tournament crown during the summer of 2014.

Seacat was high school teammates with current Mountaineer sophomore guard, Trey Ford (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman).


“We are thrilled to announced the addition of Hunter Seacat to the Appalachian State basketball family. Hunter fits into our system well and based on his work ethic, we are excited for his contribution to our program over the next couple of years.”

Appalachian State University freshman defensive back Clifton Duck (Matthews, N.C./Butler) continues to rack up the postseason awards, as he was named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-American Team.

Leading up to the honor, Duck was named the Sun Belt’s Freshman of the Year and was named to USA Today’s Freshman All-American Team in December. The true freshman is the lone student-athlete from the Sun Belt to be honored, while the list features players from schools such as Ohio State, USC, Penn State, Clemson, Florida State, Michigan and other Power Five programs.

Duck made a splash in his first season in a Mountaineer uniform, starting in all 12 games as a true freshman and leading the Apps with five interceptions, eight breakups and 13 deflections. Duck was tied for second in the Sun Belt in picks and first amongst all freshman. In addition, the lockdown cornerback led the league in passes defended and helped an App State squad rank third in the nation in interceptions with 20 while holding Sun Belt opponents to the fewest points allowed in the league with 94.

Appalachian’s pass defense ranked 29th in the country in passing yards allowed at 200.3 per game and third in the conference.

Duck’s numbers were on par with some of the top defensive backs in the nation as he was tied for ninth in the nation in interceptions and was tied with freshman Jessie Bates (Wake Forest) for the most amongst freshmen.

Duck also showed his aggressiveness by recording 54 tackles, which was fourth on the team. Duck’s career-high 13 tackles against Akron (9/24) was a team best this season, while 41 of his tackles were solo stops and notched 2.5 tackles for a loss.

His best stretch of the season came against Idaho and Georgia Southern, where he tallied three interceptions. His two-interception performance against Idaho also included his first career touchdown that came on a pick six.

Duck will return for his sophomore season and help the Apps defend their Sun Belt Championship, go for a third-straight 10-win season and a 3-0 start in bowl games.

Three double-digit scorers and a 12-0 explosion out of the gates gave Appalachian State University men's basketball the advantage, toppling Arkansas State, 70-57, on Monday night at the Holmes Center.

The Mountaineers (6-9, 1-3 Sun Belt) used a confident 51.9 percent shooting percentage in the second half to nab their first conference win of the season, while the Red Wolves (11-6, 2-2 Sun Belt) fell in their second straight game.

Leading all-scorers for the game was Mountaineer guard Ronshad Shabazz, who finished with 18 points, six rebounds and two steals -- all without a single three-throw attempt.

Emarius Logan also chipped in 12 points, including a clutch 4-4 from the line late, while Isaac Johnson came off to give key bench minutes, grabbing six boards to go along with 10 points, two steals and a block.

Chances from the charity stripe, while hard to come by in a physical battle, also went in the Mountaineers favor as they shot 72.7 percent from the line, while the Red Wolves mustered just 56 percent.

The Mountaineers now head on the road for three-straight, beginning at Coastal Carolina on Jan. 14 at 4:30 p.m.

Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball defeated Pitt Community College 90-77 at home Monday night.

Derick Brewer scored 24 points to lead the Red Hawks, with 21 of those coming in the second half as CVCC outscored Pitt 57-41 in the second half for the win.

A pair of players had double-double for CVCC. Emmanuel Wembi had 16 points and 18 rebounds. Fred T. Foard grad Nolan Whitener added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Matthew Powell had 14 points and Steve Ruszala added 11 points, both off the bench.

With the win, CVCC improves to 10-5 overall and 4-2 in conference play. CVCC will host Guilford Tech Wednesday night at 7.

Sunday, 08 January 2017 23:01

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Knocks Off Anderson

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (6-7, 5-3) picked up a key South Atlantic Conference road win Sunday afternoon, 94-85 over Anderson (7-7, 5-3) at the Abney Athletic Center.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) led all scorers with a career-high 32 points in addition to six treys in the victory. Evans also added five rebounds and five assists for the Bears, who hit 15 three-pointers in the contest.

Anderson lost despite a pair of double-doubles from Carlos Dotson (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Randall Shaw (Greenville, S.C.). Dotson scored 24 points to go along with 11 rebounds while Shaw added 23 points and pulled down 11 boards.

The Bears scored 55 points after halftime and led by as many as 14 points – 61-47 with 11:58 left in the game – and held on for the victory.

Evans keyed the second-half surge for the Bears – scoring 21 points – while junior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) added 12 points and four three-pointers off the bench.

Junior guards Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) and Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) also scored 11 points for the Bears, who shot 57 percent (16-of-27) in the second half and turned the ball over just eight times in the win.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Charlotte, N.C., to take on Queens.

Sunday, 08 January 2017 22:46

Appalachian State Wrestling Wins Twice on Sunday

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Appalachian State University wrestling rolled over The Citadel and Clarion on Old Timer’s Day on Sunday afternoon in Varsity Gym and extended their undefeated conference streak to 4-0.

The Mountaineers (9-2, 4-0 Southern Conference) defeated The Citadel by double digits in the first match of the afternoon, smashing the Bulldogs 34-15.

Three Mountaineers took down their opponents with pins to catapult them over The Citadel. Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) started the day off strong with a 2:47 pin to give App the early 6-0 lead. Later In the 184 weight class, David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) overpowered Chandler Sambets in 1:13. Finally, Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) took no mercy and neutralized his opponent in 2:11.

For the second match of the afternoon, App State registered another double-digit win, 23-10, over the Golden Eagles.

Mirroring the first match against the Bulldogs, Smith started the latter half of the afternoon collecting the most points in a 14-2 major decision. After dropping the next weight class, the Mountaineers won five straight bouts ending in decisions to secure a convincing lead Clarion could not recover from.

Up next, Appalachian will travel down to Durham, N.C. to take on the Duke Blue Devils at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17.



Logan Durham (APP) def. Charles Kearney (The Citadel), 10-3 dec.

Cameron Butler (Clarion) def. Logan Durham (APP), 8-5 dec.

Logan Durham (APP) finished 1-1


Colby Smith (APP) pinned Andrew Szalwinski (The Citadel), 2:47

Colby Smith (APP) def. Roshaun Cooley (Clarion), 14-2 maj. dec.

Colby Smith (APP) finished 2-0


Irvin Enriquez (APP) def. Douglas Gudenburr (The Citadel), 6-2 dec.

Brock Zacherl (Clarion) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 16-6 maj. dec.

Irvin Enriquez (APP) finished 1-1


Tyler Buckiso (The Citadel) pinned Miller Clark (APP), 2:30

Miller Clark finished 0-1

Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Jake Keller (Clarion), 12-3 maj. dec.

Matt Zovistoski finished 1-0


Aaron Walker (The Citadel) pinned Gavin Londoff (APP), 5:38

Gavin Londoff (APP) def. Taylor Cahill (Clarion), 2-1 dec.

Gavin Londoff (APP) finished 1-1


Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Ruston Hill II (The Citadel), 16-1 TF

Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Evan Delong (Clarion), 6-5 dec.

Forrest Przybysz (APP) finished 2-0


Nick Kee (APP) def. Martin Duane (The Citaqdel), 18-3 TF

Nick Kee (APP) def. Dominic Rigous (Clarion), 5-3 dec.

Nick Kee (APP) finished 2-0


David Peters-Logue (APP) pinned Chandler Sambets (The Citadel), 1:13

David Peters-Logue (APP) def. Scott Marmoll (Clarion) 5-1, dec.

David Peters-Logue (APP) finished 2-0


Sawyer Root (The Citadel) def. Randall Diabe (APP), 7-2 dec.

Dustin Conti (Clarion) def. Randall Diabe (APP), 4-1 dec.

Randall Diabe (APP) finished 0-2


Denzel Dejournette (APP) pinned Joseph Bexley (The Citadel) 2:11

Denzel Dejournette (APP) def. Evan Daley (Clarion), 4-3 dec.

Denzel Dejournette (APP) finished 2-0

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (8-6, 4-4) was handed a 61-53 setback to Anderson (10-2, 7-1) Sunday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Trojans, winners of three straight games, were led by Nakia Young (Taylors, S.C.) with a game-high 19 points while Madison Baggett (Huntsville, Ala.) added 15 points off the bench in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) scored a team-high 14 points while senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) added 13 points and nine rebounds in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne was held without a three-pointer in seven attempts and was forced into 27 turnovers in the setback.

Anderson, which never trailed in the contest, also received a double-double from Jasmine Franklin (Simpsonville, S.C.) with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Trojans also remained a half-game behind Lincoln Memorial in the league standings.

Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Charlotte, N.C., to face Queens Wednesday at 6pm.

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