The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Lacrosse Team is ranked eighth in the 2018 NCAA Division II Nike/US Lacrosse Preseason Top 20 Poll. The Bears will open the season on Saturday, February 3, against Young Harris at Moretz Stadium beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne finished No. 7 in the nation last year after compiling a 12-3 record and earning its first-ever berth to the NCAA Division II Playoffs. LR also won its third South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship in the past four seasons last spring after fashioning an 8-0 record in conference play.
LR returns five All-South Atlantic Conference honorees from last season including senior midfielder Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.) – a third-team All-American – and sophomore midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.), the 2017 SAC Freshman of the Year.
Lett totaled five goals, four assists, nine points and 60 ground balls while Dickinson set the school single-season record for goals scored (50) while tying for the team lead in total points with 67.
The Bears will embark on probably their toughest schedule to date with no less than seven opponents ranked nationally to start the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne's schedule includes national champion and top-ranked Limestone (Saturday, February 10), No. 10 Seton Hill (Saturday, February 17), No. 16 Colorado Mesa (Saturday, February 24), No. 9 Belmont Abbey (Wednesday, March 7), No. 11 Wingate (Saturday, March 10), No. 18 Queens (Wednesday, March 21) and No. 7 Tampa (Saturday, March 31).
2018 NCAA Division II
Men's Preseason Top 20 Poll
3. Le Moyne
9. Belmont Abbey
10. Seton Hill
12. Mount Olive
15. Lake Erie
16. Colorado Mesa
17. Saint Anselm
18. Queens (N.C.)
19. Lindenwood (Mo.)
20. LIU Post
Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield has named Mark Ivey, an App alum and a member of the football staff since 2012, as the team’s assistant head coach.
Ivey has served as an App State assistant coach for the past six seasons, including the last four overseeing the defensive line. He coached outside linebackers from 2012-13 and oversaw the special teams from 2012-14.
“Mark Ivey bleeds Black and Gold,” Satterfield said. “Not only does he define what it means to be a Mountaineer, but he is a proven coach and a great mentor for the young men on our football team.”
An App State defensive lineman himself from 1991-95, Ivey has directed lines that have helped the Mountaineers rank among the nation’s best defenses during his tenure. Since making the full transition to the FBS level in 2015, App State has ranked no lower than 21st nationally in scoring defense. Ivey has helped the Mountaineers rank among the top 20 in sacks and total defense in two of the last three seasons. In all three seasons, App ranked either first or second among Sun Belt teams in scoring defense, total defense and passes intercepted.
Behind the efforts of All-Sun Belt linemen Tee Sims (first team) and Caleb Fuller (third team), the 2017 defense ranked 11th nationally in three-and-out possessions (4.77 per game), 16th in takeaways (26), 17th in sacks (38), 21st in scoring defense (20.2 ppg) and 29th in total defense (342.5 ypg). App State’s 34-0 win over MAC champion Toledo in the Dollar General Bowl was the only shutout of the 2017-18 bowl season, with Fuller accounting for 1.5 of the Mountaineers’ four sacks, and Sims ranked fifth nationally by averaging 0.95 sacks per game.
Ivey also mentored all-conference linemen in 2016 (Sims, Dezmin Reed), 2015 (Ronald Blair) and 2014 (Blair). After leading the league with 19 tackles for loss and ranking No. 2 with seven sacks, Blair was voted 2015 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers and has five sacks through two NFL seasons.
Ivey returned to Boone after spending 16 years as a high school coach in Florida, including his last 10 as a head coach at Cypress Lake in Fort Myers (2002-06) and Barron Collier in Naples (2007-11).
Appalachian ties are strong with the current coaching staff, which also includes fellow alums in Satterfield and offensive line coach Shawn Clark. All three were members of the 1995 team that achieved a perfect 11-0 regular season and won the Southern Conference championship.
Other App State coaching staff changes recently announced by Satterfield include naming Bryan Brown as defensive coordinator, Dale Jones as co-defensive coordinator and Justin Watts as recruiting coordinator.
Freedom High School head football coach Jim Bob Bryant is leaving the program after one season. Reports indicate that he has accepeted a head coaching jobn at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia, a northwestern suburb of Atlanta. Bryant went 7-5 in his only season as the head coach of the Patriots, with a 4-3 record in Northwestern Conference play.
Freedom becomes the third school that will have a new head coach next season in the Hickory Metro. Burke County rival Draughn, as well as Bunker Hill are making head coaching changes with Draughn already announcing Chris Powell as their new coach.
The Appalachian State men's basketball team fell for the first time all season at home by a 71-58 score on Thursday evening inside the Holmes Center against Georgia State.
Sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) had a near double-double with nine points, a team-high 10 rebounds and a career-high tying five assists. Johnson has now recorded double digit rebounds in six games on the season.
Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) tallied a team-high 15 points, three rebounds and two steals. Junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) added 10 points and a season-high tying seven rebounds for the Mountaineers (8-10, 3-2 SBC).
Jeff Thomas led five Georgia State (12-6, 3-2 SBC) players in double figures with a game-high 22 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Devin Mitchell had 13 points and D'Marcus Simonds, Jordan Session and Isaiah Williams each had 11 points.
In the early going, Georgia State used a 9-0 run to open an early 16-10 lead.
The Panthers would expand their lead thanks to a 10-0 run and built a 26-13 advantage with 7:26 left in the first half.
After the Mountaineers answered with a 12-4 run to trim the deficit to four points, the Panthers closed the opening half with nine straight points to take a 39-26 lead into the intermission.
In the second half, the Black and Gold came out of the locker room and scored the first eight points to cut the Georgia State lead to 39-34.
The Panthers countered with eight of the next nine points to push their lead back to 48-35 with 11:10 to play in the game. The Black and Gold came right back with the next seven points to pull within six at 48-42.
From there, Georgia State would slowly build its lead back to 14 points at 56-42 with 6:41 left in the game. The Black and Gold were able to trim the deficit to nine points, but could get no closer.
App State went 21-of-59 (35.6 percent) from the field and 9-of-27 (33.3 percent) on three-pointers. The Panthers shot 27-of-59 (47.5 percent) from the field and went 6-of-15 (40.0 percent) from deep.
The Apps held a 40-34 edge in rebounding, including an 11-5 mark on the offensive glass.
Appalachian State will play next on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the Holmes Center against Georgia Southern. The Mountaineers will be celebrating Alumni Day during both the men's and women's contest. Any App State returning alumni can take advantage of a special deal which includes four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks for $40. Fans can click here and use the promo code "ALUM4" to advantage of this offer. In addition, Saturday's contest is also "Black Saturday". The Mountaineers will be wearing their black uniforms and all fans in attendance are encouraged to wear black.
Four players in double figures and consistent shooting helped Appalachian State University women's basketball (4-12, 2-3 SBC) cruise past Georgia State in a 77-62 triumph on Thursday evening inside the Holmes Center.
App State snaps a seven-game skid at home with its first victory of the season inside the Holmes Center. The Mountaineers also capture their first win at home against Georgia State (4-12, 0-5 SBC) in Boone, as the Panthers held a 3-0 mark on the Apps' home floor coming into the game.
The Mountaineer offense was clicking on all cylinders scoring a season-high in points and posting a season-best 56.3 field goal percentage. Appalachian's mark was on target from beyond the arc as it shot 9-for-17 from the field, giving the Black and Gold a 52.9 percent shooting clip. Seven of the nine Mountaineers who played scored with four players shooting 50 percent or better from the floor.
Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) poured in a game-high 22 points on an efficient 7-for-12 shooting from the field with a 5-of-8 performance from 3-point range. The freshman guard added three assists with just one turnover in 39 minutes. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./ East Davidson) snagged her seventh double-double of the season with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting and a game-high 12 rebounds. Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) had her best game of the season at home, as she scored 13 points and shot 3-of-5 from deep while dishing out a game-best four assists. Mathews did her damage scoring all 10 of her second-half points in the third quarter.
LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) scored 10 points and corralled six off the glass, while Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) battled inside scoring nine points and picking up seven off the glass.
Both teams came out hot on offense as they shot above 50 percent from the floor. With 2:14 left in the opening frame, a Madison Newby 3-pointer gave the Panthers their largest lead of the game, 17-12. However, the Mountaineers climbed back to tie the game at 19-apiece to end the quarter on a 7-2 spurt. Plummer started the surge with a layup before Wilson canned a 3-pointer followed by Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) a layup to tie up the contest.
Appalachian continued the hot shooting in the second half hitting its first four shots of the frame thanks to a layup by Hampton. The bucket pushed the lead to 31-24 and capped off a stretch of nine-straight made field goals. GSU stayed within striking distance to five at the end of the half, 36-31. App State shot a blistering 61.9 percent from the field, and the Black and Gold held GSU to just 33.3 percent shooting from the floor in the second period. Appalachian moved the ball around really well on offense assisting on 10-of-13 field goals.
Coming out of the second half, the Panthers tried to get back into the game when Kierra Henry hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to seven 43-36. But an 11-4 run over the next 3:21 pushed the advantage to 14, 54-40. Appalachian would stay ahead by double digits the rest of the period, as it went into the quarter with a 59-47 lead.
Georgia State sliced into the gap cutting the lead to single digits, 61-53. But the Mountaineers turned it on and pulled away going on an 11-0 spurt to balloon the lead at its most significant of 19 points, 73-52, thanks after a layup from Plummer. The Mountaineers cruised the rest of the way to pick up back-to-back victories for the first time this season.
After the Panthers shot 53.3 percent from the field and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, the App State defense clamped down limiting GSU to 34.9 percent shooting and 3-of-14 from 3-point land. Kierra Henry scored a Panther-high 17 points but scored just seven points in the second half and shot just 3-of-9 (10 pts/5-of-8 - 1st half).
The battle on the boards belonged to Appalachian, as it outrebounded GSU, 38-23. App State allowed seven offensive rebounds in the 1st half but made sure that GSU wouldn't continue the trend in the second half with the Panthers only grabbing three in the stanza.
App State will go for its first weekend Sun Belt sweep since the 2015-16 season when it hosts conference archrival Georgia Southern on Black Saturday at 1 p.m. inside the Holmes Center.
"Tonight was a great team effort. I am really proud of the way we took care of the basketball and how we rebounded. I love the continuous growth of our basketball team." - Head Coach Angel Elderkin
- The Mountaineers are 3-0 this season when Wilson scores 20 or more points
- Wilson and Mathews are averaging a combined 39.5 points over the last two games while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor and 60 percent from deep
- Appalachian has outrebounded its opponents over the past six games highlighted by a rebounding margin of plus-10 over the stretch
- In four wins this season, the Mountaineers are shooting a solid 50 percent from 3-point range (25.3 percent in losses)
- App State's 1.185 points per possession is a season high, topping the previous season high of 1.023 in the win against ULM
- Calder led the team with a plus-16 in 13 minutes thanks to a solid game off the bench scoring five points with seven rebounds
- Plummer the led the Mountaineers with a PER of 27, while Wilson had a PER of 20
- Appalachian is 5-5 all-time against GSU
Offensive tackle Beau Nunn and safety A.J. Howard will represent Appalachian State when they play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 20.
Held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., the postseason all-star game will be shown on FS1 at 4 p.m. ET.
Howard started in 38 of his 51 career games at App State, totaling 219 tackles, four interceptions and 11 tackles for loss. He made a stop on a catch at the 1-yard line seconds before time expired in a 20-13 win at Texas State in 2017, and his 61-yard interception return at Georgia State helped the Mountaineers take a 24-7 lead in a 31-10 victory.
With Howard playing an important role, App State's defense ranked first or second among Sun Belt teams in both points allowed per game and yards allowed per game in each of the last three seasons.
The 6-foot-4, 306-pound Nunn played right tackle and started 41 career games for App State. Entering the 2017 bowl season, his overall grade of 86.6 from the PFF College Football site ranked 19th among 260-plus FBS tackles, and his four quarterback pressures led the 179 FBS tackles with at least 300 pass-block snaps.
In receiving a grade of 92 from App State's coaches in a 34-0 win against Toledo in the Dollar General Bowl, Nunn had 13 knockdown blocks (increasing his season total to 75) and seven pancakes (raising his season total to 21).
Nunn was a key cog for an offensive line that allowed only eight sacks in 2017 (No. 2 among FBS teams) and helped the Mountaineers rush for more than 300 yards in each of their last three games. App State ranked in the top 20 nationally in sacks allowed and the top 25 in rushing yards per game in each of his four seasons as a starter.
Nunn and Howard will join Kennan Gilchrist (2016 senior), Tony Washington (2013) and Demetrius McCray (2012) as App State participants in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Former NFL head coach Mike Martz and Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green will coach the two teams at this year's game.
For the second time this season, the Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team struggled against Division I Walters State, falling 62-30 to the Senators at the Tarlton Complex on Wednesday.
Shaniya Lester led the Red Hawks (9-3) with nine points and five rebounds, while freshman post Zharia Brown also scored nine points.
CVCC struggled to maintain possession of the basketball against Walters State, committing 30 total turnovers in the contest.
Tied 10-10 in the early stages of the first quarter, the Senators closed the quarter on an 8-0 run to lead 18-10 after one stanza.
Walters State added to its run early in the second quarter, outscoring CVCC 12-2 in the opening minutes of the quarter en route to a 30-12 halftime lead, and the Red Hawks could not recover in the second half on the way to defeat.
The CVCC women's basketball team looks to rebound on Monday with a special Martin Luther King Jr. Day game against Bryant & Stratton College (Va.). Game time is set for 1 p.m. at the Tarlton Complex.
The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team dropped its second game in as many days on Wednesday, falling 93-83 to host Guilford Tech at the Ragsdale Family YMCA.
Freshman forward Isayah Johnson paced the Red Hawks (6-8, 1-4 in Region X) with 16 points and 14 rebounds in the contest — his second double double of the season.
Sophomore guard Myles Williams also scored 16 points for CVCC.
Eric Peaks scored a game-high 28 points for Guilford Tech, which improves to 7-6 overall and 1-5 in Region X play.
Catawba Valley trailed by as many as 20 points in the second half, but cut its deficit to as little as six points late in the game before falling by 10 points.
The CVCC men's basketball team is back in action on Saturday when it hosts Fayetteville Tech in Region X action. Game time is set for 3 p.m at the Tarlton Complex.
St. Stephens: 47
West Caldwell: 52
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West Caldwell: 59
Appalachian State’s wrestling team started with a statement-making win from Gavin Londoff, and seven consecutive wins capped the Mountaineers’ 30-6 victory at Gardner-Webb in a Southern Conference dual meet Wednesday.
Appalachian (4-3, 2-0 SoCon) moved into a first-place tie with Chattanooga after claiming wins in eight of 10 matches against the Runnin’ Bulldogs, who also began the night with a 1-0 conference record.
App State and Gardner-Webb (1-5, 1-1) split the first four matches, but the Mountaineers had a 9-6 lead thanks to a 15-2 major decision at 149 pounds from Londoff (four points) and a 17-1 technical fall at 174 pounds from Forrest Przybysz (five points).
Przybysz’s victory against Christian Maroni erased a 6-4 team deficit and started the string of consecutive victories to close the match. The last six wins came from Alan Clothier (6-1 decision at 184 pounds), Randall Diabe (6-2 decision at 197), Cary Miller (7-2 decision at heavyweight), De’Andre Swinson-Barr (forfeit at 125), Codi Russell (6-4 decision by sudden victory at 133) and Irvin Enriquez (10-3 decision at 141).
“I thought Gavin Londoff had one of his best performances all year,” App State coach JohnMark Bentley said. “We scored a lot of points in some matches, so I was really happy with that, but our focus has to get better.”
Londoff went 2-0 in App State’s first two dual meets and had a 9-3 overall record for the season before dropping close matches in four straight dual meets, including a matchup at No. 20 Oklahoma in which he suffered a 2-1 loss. He traveled to the Franklin & Marshall Open in Pennsylvania last weekend and went 4-1, giving him so momentum as he entered his match with Gardner-Webb’s Joby Armenta.
Londoff led 4-0 after one period and 7-0 after two periods. He was ahead 9-0 before allowing a point for an escape.
“Coach made a decision to wrestle me in another tournament this other weekend, and it really opened up my attacks and made me realize what I was supposed to be hitting,” Londoff said. “I feel like I was executing to the best of my ability.”
App State returns to action Jan. 18 (next Thursday) with a dual meet at SoCon rival Campbell before returning home to face SIU-Edwardsville in Varsity Gym on Jan. 21.
Wrestling tickets can be purchased by calling the Appalachian State ticket office at 828-262-2079 or by going online to the App State Ticket Central link.
App State 30, Gardner-Webb 6
149: Gavin Londoff (APP) def. Joby Armenta (G-W), 15-2 maj. dec. (4-0)
157: Tyler Marinelli (G-W) def. Laken Cook (APP), 4-1 dec. (4-3)
165: Brett Stein (G-W) def. Thomas Flitz (APP), 5-4 dec. (4-6)
174: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Christian Maroni (G-W), 17-1 tech. fall (9-6)
184: Alan Clothier (APP) def. Cole Graves (G-W), 6-1 dec. (12-6)
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Anthony Perrine (G-W), 6-2 dec. (15-6)
HWT: Cary Miller (APP) def. Lathan Bumgarner (G-W), 7-2 dec. (18-6)
125: De'Andre Swinson-Barr (APP), win by forfeit (24-6)
133: Codi Russell (APP) def. Philip Anderson (G-W), 6-4 dec. (SV) (27-6)
141: Irvin Enriquez (APP) def. Denton Spencer (G-W), 10-3 dec. (30-6)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (7-8, 5-4) made it three victories in a row with a 77-75 road triumph over Wingate (8-8, 5-3) Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Cuddy Arena.
Four players scored in double figures for the Bears – led by junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) with 16 points – and Lenoir-Rhyne shot 56 percent (30-of-54) for the game.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Djibril Diallo (Conakry, GUINEA) scored 14 points and senior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) added 13 points and hit three treys for the Bears.
Wingate was led by Kerigan Farley (Hickory, N.C.) with a game-high 22 points while Marco Haskins (Fredericksburg, Va.) added 12 points and nine boards in the setback. The Bulldogs held a 39-28 edge in rebounding but hit just six-of-20 three-point attempts.
LR held a 38-34 advantage entering intermission and never trailed the rest of the way. Thomas broke a 65-all tie with a lay-up at the 2:18 mark of the second half which proved to be the game-winning basket.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.), with 10 points and two three-pointers, moved into a 49th place on the Bears' all-time scoring list with 1,036 points.
The Bears defeated the Bulldogs on the road for the first time in three seasons.
Thomas continues to lead the Bears in scoring at 15.6 points per game.
Lenoir-Rhyne is off until next Wednesday, January 17, when the Bears head to Charlotte, N.C., to take on second-ranked Queens beginning at 8:00 p.m.
The Wingate University Women’s Basketball Team (12-3, 6-2) handed Lenoir-Rhyne (8-9, 2-7) a 68-51 setback in a South Atlantic Conference game Wednesday night at Cuddy Arena. The Bears suffered their fifth straight defeat.
The Bears were led by junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) with 17 points while junior guard Ashley Rodriguez (Orlando, Fla.) came off the bench to finish in double figures with 11 points despite the loss.
The Bulldogs were spearheaded by Marta Miscenko (Riga, LATVIA), who led all scorers with a game-high 31 points and connected on 13-of-19 free throw attempts. Wingate’s Danasia Witherspoon (Hickory, N.C.) added 14 points as the home team hit 59 percent – 13-of-22 – from the field in the second half.
Lenoir-Rhyne did lead by a 29-27 advantage at halftime before Wingate rallied to take the win.
Toineeta crossed the 100-assist mark on the season and now has 102 dishes on the year while Rodriguez finished with a season-high in points. Toineeta continues to lead the league in assists (6.1 dishes per contest).
Lenoir-Rhyne does not play again until Wednesday, January 17, when the Bears travel to Charlotte, N.C., to take on Queens at 6:00 p.m.
Appalachian State led the Sun Belt in home football attendance for the second consecutive year, averaging 25,787 fans during its six games in Boone.
The Mountaineers' attendance average led the Sun Belt by 1,331 fans per game over second-place Troy. The average of 25,787 was higher than every team in one other Group of Five conference (the MAC), higher than all but one team in another Group of Five league (the restarted UAB program from Conference USA) and higher even than the average from one NFL team (the Los Angeles Chargers) in 2017.
With an increased capacity of 30,000 in Kidd Brewer Stadium, App State still ranked second in the Sun Belt (behind only Coastal Carolina with its 15,000-seat stadium) and fifth among Group of Five conference schools in attendance percentage relative to capacity.
App State set a Kidd Brewer Stadium attendance record with a crowd of 35,126 for Wake Forest's visit to Boone on Sept. 23, and the crowd of 30,179 for a Family Weekend game against Coastal Carolina on Oct. 21 ranks seventh in stadium history. Those were two of the three crowds of 30,000 or more at the home stadium of a Sun Belt team in 2017.
“Thanks to our fans for another memorable season at Kidd Brewer Stadium," App State head coach Scott Satterfield said. "Because of the loyal support of App Nation, we have one of the best gameday atmospheres in college football. Can’t wait to see you back at The Rock next fall.”
As App State Athletics looks to continue its upward trend, the department has established a goal of reaching 7,500 season-ticket holders in 2018. The support of App Nation is vital to the success of Mountaineer student-athletes and coaches.
After opening the 2018 season with visits to Penn State and Charlotte, App State will host non-conference foes Southern Miss (Sept. 15) and Gardner-Webb (Sept. 22) before Sun Belt play begins with a new East-West divisional format.
To renew season tickets and Yosef Club memberships, fans can go online at appstatesports.com/renew, and fans interested in becoming season-ticket holders can click HERE to purchase season tickets.
Season tickets for the 2018 schedule at Kidd Brewer Stadium cost $210 for adults and $175 for current Appalachian faculty/staff, senior citizens (ages 60+ — two per account) and youth (ages 3-12). Season tickets cost $380 in the Gold section and $300 in the East VIP section. A payment plan is available for season tickets (payments can be made through May 2018).
For the first time in three years, the Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball program finds themselves back in the NJCAA Div. II poll receiving votes.
The Red Hawks (9-2), who fell just short of the top 20, were one of six teams to receive votes in the latest Div. II poll, which was released by the NJCAA on Tuesday.
This marks the first time since Jan. 22, 2015 that the Catawba Valley women's basketball team has received votes in the Division II poll. In that 2015 poll, CVCC was ranked as the No. 17 team in the country.
CVCC is coming off a huge 69-64 region victory against then sixth-ranked Cape Fear on Dec. 19, 2017. By virtue of the loss, the Sea Devils dropped to No. 16 in the poll.
The CVCC women's basketball team returns to action for the first time in 2018 on Wednesday when it hosts Division I power Walters State at the Tarlton Complex. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.