East Burke: 72
Fred T. Foard: 38
Bunker Hill: 46
West Iredell: 43
Alexander Central: 13
South Caldwell: 23
St. Stephens: 47
West Caldwell: 44
South Fork Athletic:
Lake Norman Charter: 54
Fred T. Foard: 45
East Burke: 32
West Iredell: 30
Bunker Hill: 55
Alexander Central: 52
South Caldwell: 47
West Caldwell: 76
St. Stephens: 59
South Fork Athletic:
Lake Norman Charter: 80
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team had its three-game win streak snapped on Tuesday after falling 96-87 on the road at the hands of Pitt Community College.
After Pitt gained a 51-46 halftime lead, Brandon Faison erupted in the second half for the Bulldogs (9-4, 3-3 in Region X), scoring 18 of his team-high 26 points in the second half.
Tyrell Oglesby and Marcus Talley led the charge offensively for Catawba Valley (6-7, 1-3 in Region X) in Tuesday’s contest.
A freshman from Inman, S.C., Oglesby scored a team-high 26 points, making 10-of-11 shots from the free throw line. He finished one point shy of his career high for points in a game.
Eighteen of Talley’s career-high 22 points were scored on six made 3-point field goals. It was the second-straight game that Talley, a freshman from Charlotte, N.C., recorded a new career high in scoring.
The Red Hawks trailed 74-63 with just under seven minutes to go against the Bulldogs, but used a 6-0 run, including back-to-back baskets by Matthew Garay, to cut their deficit to as little as five points.
Despite the late run, Pitt was able to make its free throws down the stretch and hold on for the nine-point region victory.
The CVCC men’s basketball team returns to action Wednesday for its second game in as many days. The Red Hawks travel to Greensboro, N.C. to take on Guilford Tech. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The Catawba Valley Community College Athletic Department annonuced 30 student-athletes who have achieved high academic honors for the 2017 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.
A total of 11 CVCC student athletes were named to the President’s List and another 19 were named to the Athletic Director’s List.
Below is list of the Red Hawk student athletes who were honored for their academic achievement during the fall 2017 semester:
President’s list (3.75 GPA or higher)
William “Willie” Gordon, baseball — 4.0
Drew Latham, baseball — 4.0
Adair Melton, volleyball — 4.0
Mallory Bailey, volleyball
Madisyn Bolin, baseball
Monique McAbee, women’s basketball
Trent McKay, baseball
Alizeya Mitchell, women’s basketball
Sabrina Pinard, volleyball
Josh Rice, baseball
Emilee Webber, volleyball
Athletic Director’s list (3.2 GPA or higher)
Daniel Brinegar, baseball
Harrison Brooks, baseball
Garrison Burress, baseball
Robert “R.J.” Conner, baseball
Mikayla Creswell, volleyball
Abigail Dowell, volleyball
Kevin Gonzalez, baseball
Kanijah King-Cooper, women’s basketball
Shaniya Lester, women’s basketball
Nicole Lyerly, women’s basketball
James “Jimmy” Marcelli, baseball
Nikkyana McCaskill, women’s basketball
Katie Rupp, volleyball
Kyran Russ, baseball
Anthony Salley, men’s basketball
Dorien Suggs, men’s basketball
Hailey Tatu, volleyball
Grant Tilley, baseball
Kara Williams, volleyball
Appalachian State Football looks to continue its tradition of lock-down, tenacious defense under new defensive coordinator Bryan Brown, who was elevated to the role by head coach Scott Satterfield on Monday.
Brown has served as App State's cornerbacks coach for the past six seasons, overseeing one of the nation's most successful and productive units.
Led by its "Legion of Boone" secondary, App State ranks second nationally with 56 interceptions since the start of the 2015 season. Only San Diego State has more during that span, with 63.
Under Brown's tutelage, Mountaineer cornerbacks have an FBS-leading 30 picks since 2015. They have helped App rank in the top 25 nationally and top two in the Sun Belt each of the last three years in both passes intercepted and scoring defense.
"Bryan will continue what we have been doing over the past five seasons at a high level," Satterfield said. "He knows exactly what we want to do on that side of the ball, and his track record on our staff speaks for itself. He is a dynamic and talented coach and recruiter, and he is very deserving of this opportunity."
"It's a blessing and an honor to be given this opportunity," Brown said. "I want to thank Coach Satt for trusting and believing in me to serve as the DC at this great university. We want to continue to build upon the success that we have had defensively, and our defensive staff is up for the challenge."
Rising junior cornerback Clifton Duck was a Freshman All-American and the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year after picking off five passes in 2016. He intercepted six more this past fall and garnered first-team all-conference honors for the second straight year. His 11 interceptions over the last two seasons are tied for most among FBS players with Troy's Blace Brown.
In addition to Duck, Brown has mentored all-conference selections in Tae Hayes (2017), Mondo Williams (2016), Latrell Gibbs (2015) and Demetrius McCray (2012). McCray was a seventh-round pick of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013 and spent three seasons there before playing for the Oakland Raiders this year.
A 2006 graduate of Ole Miss, Brown spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons on the football staff at his alma mater before moving to Boone. He began his professional career at Rutgers in 2008 and spent one season at Delta State in 2009.
A native of Corinth, Miss., Brown was a four-year letterman as a defensive back at Ole Miss from 2003-06. He made 70 tackles in his four-year career and returned one interception for a touchdown while also returning kickoffs and punts.
He and his wife, Courtney, have a daughter, Elle, and a son, Bryson.
Jones Named Co-Defensive Coordinator
Also on Monday, Satterfield announced that longtime Mountaineer assistant coach Dale Jones would be promoted to co-defensive coordinator. Jones will be responsible for the running game defensive plan.
"Dale has given his all for Appalachian State for so many years, and this is a deserving title for what he means to our staff," Satterfield said. "He will oversee our running game defense and maintain a vital role in developing the young men in our program. We are fortunate to enjoy great continuity and camaraderie among the coaches on our staff."
Jones has worn many hats throughout his 22-year Appalachian career, including the last four as the inside linebackers coach.
App State's longest-tenured coach, Jones came to Appalachian in 1996. During his time on the mountain, he has served as an assistant for the defensive line, special teams and linebackers, while serving as defensive coordinator from 2010-12.
Player development has been a staple of Jones' tenure at Appalachian State. During his 22 seasons, he has coached 11 All-America defensive linemen and linebackers, including five two-time honorees. He has also mentored 20 all-conference performers who have earned the recognition a total of 33 times, while four of his pupils — Josh Jeffries (2002), K.T. Stovall (2003), Jacque Roman (2008) and Jeremy Kimbrough (2012) — were named the Southern Conference's Defensive Player of the Year.
Most recently, his work with inside linebackers helped develop John Law and Eric Boggs into two of the best in school history. Both garnered multiple all-Sun Belt accolades, and Boggs finished his career as one of the country's most well-rounded, productive defenders with career totals of 347 tackles, 12.5 sacks and eight interceptions.
Twelve players who Jones has coached at Appalachian State have gone on to play in the National Football League. During Jones' three-year tenure as Appalachian State's defensive coordinator, the Mountaineers led the SoCon in interceptions twice (2011 and 2012) and also topped the league in sacks (2011), red-zone defense (2011) and third-down conversion defense (2010).
One of the most popular and decorated players in University of Tennessee history, Jones was an all-American and two-time all-Southeastern Conference performer as a linebacker for the Vols from 1983-86. He is best known as the defensive leader of UT's 1985 squad, which won the SEC championship and stunned No. 2 Miami (Fla.), 35-7, in the 1986 Sugar Bowl. Jones' fourth-quarter interception of Alabama's Mike Shula to seal the Vols' 16-14 win over the Crimson Tide remains one of the most memorable moments of Tennessee's run to the 1985 SEC title.
Jones graduated from UT in 1988 and began his coaching career as an assistant under legendary head coach Johnny Majors at his alma mater in 1989. He went on to serve one-year stints with the Parma Panthers of the Italian American Football League (1990) and the University of Florida (1991) before a five-year tenure at Georgia Military College, where he served as defensive coordinator for four seasons.
One of 13 children in his family (six brothers and six sisters), Jones has a daughter, Brooke.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (8-8, 2-6) lost a South Atlantic Conference game to Tusculum (10-3, 5-2), 71-56, Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) led the Bears with 15 points on the afternoon while two fellow underclassman, freshman guard Kennedy Weigt (Manteno, Ill.) and sophomore forward Karlie Bearden (Dawsonville, Ga.), added eight points each.
Tusculum, which reached double-digit victories on the season, had three players score in double-figures. The Pioneers were led by junior forward Kasey Johnson (Greenville, N.C.), who finished with a game-high 18 points and 13 rebounds.
The play for both teams in the paint was shown to be important, but the Pioneers held the 30-24 scoring advantage down low.
Both teams were aggressive on the boards, combining for 30 second-chance points on 36 offensive rebounds.
With the win, Tusculum is tied for second in the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season standings.
Lenoir-Rhyne just ended their three-game home stand and is prepared to hit the road for three straight contests beginning with Wingate on Wednesday, January 10, at 6:00 p.m. Tusculum begins their chance to play three straight at home with a date against Carson-Newman at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, January 10 as well.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (6-8, 4-4) won its second straight game with a 79-72 overtime victory over Tusculum (4-10, 2-5) on Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game. The Bears were able to rally from a nine-point deficit late in the second half to take the victory.
The Bears were led by junior guard Djibril Diallo (Conakry, GUINEA), who neared a triple-double with 26 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.
Thanks to Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.), the home team was able to rally from a 63-54 deficit late in the second half to force overtime and eventually prevail.
Bales, who totaled 10 points, hit two three-pointers over the final 33 seconds of the second half. Bales also had the game-winning field goal in the overtime which broke a 67-all tie.
Tusculum was led by Peyton Woods (Monticello, Ky.) with a team-high 22 points off the bench including seven treys and the Pioneers, as a team, blocked 10 shots in the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman guard Mason Hawks (Mount Airy, N.C.) finished with a career-high 10 points while junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) added 19 points to increase his season scoring average to 15.6 points per contest.
LR won its second straight game and improved to 5-2 at home this year.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Wingate, N.C., to face Wingate while Tusculum hosts Carson-Newman.
The Appalachian State men's basketball team used a late push to notch a 79-73 victory at Louisiana Monroe on Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 71-66, the Mountaineers (8-9, 3-1 SBC) scored nine consecutive points, capped off by a step back three-pointer from sophomore O'Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy) to open a 75-71 lead with 1:26 to play.
The Warhawks (7-8, 1-3 SBC) would get a basket from Michael Ertel on their next possession.
From there, freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) drove the lane and drew a blocking foul, scoring on the play. He missed the ensuing free throw, but the Black and Gold still held a 77-73 lead with 25 seconds remaining.
App State would get a defensive stop and Williams was fouled. He stepped to the charity stripe and knocked down both free throws to put the game away.
Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) paced App State with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) shooting and a 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) mark on three-pointers. He also dished out a season-high tying six assists. Shabazz has now scored 20 or more points in 10 games this season.
Forrest chipped in with 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Off the bench, Williams had 12 points on 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) shooting and a career-high six rebounds. Senior Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth) added a season-high tying 11 points off the bench on 4-of-5 (80.0 percent) shooting and a 3-of-4 (75.0 percent) clip from deep.
The Warhawks used a 6-0 spurt midway through the first half to build a 21-13 lead.
The Apps countered with a 13-4 run to take their first lead of the game at 26-25 with 5:01 left in the first half.
A late push by UL Monroe allowed them to take a 37-34 lead into the intermission.
App State finished 29-of-55 (52.7 percent) from the field and went 13-of-24 (54.2 percent) from deep. UL Monroe went 29-of-62 (46.8 percent) in shooting and knocked down 10-of-24 (41.7 percent) trifectas.
Appalachian forced the Warhawks into 10 turnovers and scored 15 points off of those miscues.
Jordon Harris paced the Warhawks with 17 points and Ertel finished with 15. Travis Munnings chipped in with 13 points and Marvin Pierre-Jean tallied 11 points off the bench.
The Mountaineers will now return to Boone and play two games inside the Holmes Center. The Black and Gold host Georgia State on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and will take on Georgia Southern on January 13 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for all remaining Appalachian State men's basketball home games. Appalachian State basketball single game tickets can be purchased online by clicking here, by phone at (828) 262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located at the Holmes Center (Monday - Friday; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.).
Head coach Angel Elderkin wanted her young team to close out a tight game in the fourth quarter, and that's exactly what they did.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (3-12, 1-3 SBC) drained a school record 15 3-pointers and fended off a late ULM (4-11, 1-3 SBC) run to topple the Warhawks in a 71-67 triumph on Saturday afternoon in Fant-Ewing Coliseum for the first Sun Belt win of the season.
Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) bounced back in a big way after just five points against Louisiana with a team and career-high 27 points on 8-for-17 shooting and tied a school mark with seven 3-pointers. The Winston-Salem native added five rebounds and three assists in a superb 40 minutes of running the offense. Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) got in on the action as she tied a season best with 17 points highlighted by five trifectas. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) rounded out the leading scorers with 11 points off the bench. She chipped into the 3-point contribution with three from beyond the arc. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) wouldn't score as she's capable of doing but did grab a game-high 16 rebounds with five points and three assists.
ULM cut an 18-point deficit to as low as two late in the fourth quarter, 69-67. However, LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) canned two at the line to extend the lead to a two-possession game with 11 seconds left in the game, which eventually led to the win. App State went a perfect 8-for-8 over the final 39 seconds of the game, including four free throws for Stanley. The 12-for-14 performance from the charity stripe is a season-high in free throw percentage at 85.7 percent.
The Mountaineers got off to a hot start hitting their first three field goals of the game en route to an 8-2 lead in the first 2:37 of the contest. After ULM had cut the lead to one, 8-7, the Apps went on a 10-4 run over the final 6:27 of the frame to go into the second period with an 18-11 advantage. Wilson scored nine of the points during the surge with three treys before Stanley ended the quarter with a free throw.
ULM kept the lead at seven, 21-14, in the second quarter until Wilson and Mathews drained back-to-back trifectas to push the lead to 13, 27-14. The Mountaineers wouldn't let the lead dip below nine points while the lead ballooned to 14 points at the half following a pair at the line from Wilson. Appalachian went into the break with a 35-21 edge thanks to the shooting duo of Wilson and Mathews, as the pair combined for 29 points and 9-for-11 from 3-point range. The defense clamped down on the Warhawks holding them to 7-for-28 shooting from the field and limited ULM to 3-for-16 shooting from the floor in the second period.
Mathews started off the Mountaineers right where they left off hitting the first shot of the second half from deep to push the lead to 17. Another trifecta by Wilson gave the Black and Gold their largest lead of the game at 18, 41-23. Gosnell got her offense going scoring eight of her points in the third quarter, including two 3-pointers in the final 1:14 of the frame to keep ULM at bay and take a 53-39 into the fourth frame.
The Warhawks climbed back into the game in the fourth quarter when they outscored Appalachian, 28-18. Cortez scored 19 of her game-high 28 points in the fourth shooting 6-for-8 from the field and hit five 3-pointers, which were some closely-contested shots. Going into the period, Cortez was just 3-of-9 from the field with nine points.
App State dominated the glass, 43-22, the most significant rebounding advantage of the season including 18 on the offensive side.
Appalachian will look to continue the momentum when it hosts Georgia State on Thursday at 5 p.m.
" A lot of great moments today for our young team to build on. Tierra Wilson had an exceptional game. Obviously, her ability to knock down shots were huge, but it was even bigger to have her control our offense for 40 minutes. It was a great effort for our team." - Head coach Angel Elderkin
- App State is 6-0 all-time against ULM
- App State's three wins on ULM's home floor has been by a combined eight points
- Wilson has two 20-point performances this season. App is 2-0 in both contests
- Appalachian's 1.029 points per possession is a season high
- The Mountaineers are 3-1 when Mathews scores in double figures
- Plummer now has five outings with at least 15 rebounds
- Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) led the team with a plus/minus of seven in 23 minutes
- Wilson had a PER (Player Efficiency Rating) of 27, while Plummer rounded out the leaders with a PER of 18
- Appalachian assisted on 68 percent (15-22) of its field goals
- In three wins, the Mountaineers have assisted on 74.6 (50-67) of their made buckets
- Mathews is shooting 57.6 percent (19-33) from 3-point range on the road
A pair of Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball games have been postponed due to Winter Storm Grayson.
The Red Hawks’ road game on Thursday, Jan. 4 against Bryant & Stratton College (Va.) was postponed. Both schools are currently in the process of finding a make-up date for the contest.
The CVCC men’s basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 7 at Pitt Community College in Greenville, N.C. is also postponed and will be made up on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m.
There are currently no changes to the CVCC women’s basketball team’s schedule. The Red Hawks are still scheduled to face Walters State Community College at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Hickory.
The Appalachian State men's basketball team dropped a 78-45 Sun Belt decision on the road at Louisiana on Thursday evening inside the Cajundome.
Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) paced the Mountaineers (7-9, 2-1 SBC) with a team-high 12 points and a team-high tying six rebounds.
Junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) added nine points, four rebounds and a game-high three blocks.
Frank Bartley paced the Ragin' Cajuns (13-3, 3-0 SBC) with a game-high 16 points. Bryce Washington posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Malik Marquetti chipped in with 10 points.
Louisiana opened the game scoring the first five points, before App State responded with nine of the next 10 points to build a 9-6 lead in the early going.
The Ragin' Cajuns answered with a 9-0 run to open up a 15-9 lead.
With Louisiana leading 19-15, the Ragin' Cajuns used a 19-0 run to take control of the game and open up a 23-point lead at 38-15 with 3:39 remaining in the frame.
After a basket by Forrest, Louisiana scored the final nine points of the half to take a 46-17 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, the Black and Gold would trim the Cajuns lead to 27 points, but could get no closer.
The Apps shot 19-of-55 (34.5 percent) from the field and struggled on three-pointers, going 3-of-19 (15.8 percent). Louisiana went 29-of-66 (43.9 percent) in shooting and went 8-of-25 (32.0 percent) from deep.
The Mountaineers will be right back at it on Saturday, as they close out their two-game road swing through Louisiana by taking on UL Monroe at 3 p.m. EST.
Turnovers and a 3-point barrage from Louisiana (7-8, 2-1 SBC) doomed Appalachian State women's basketball (2-12, 0-3 SBC) in a 61-45 setback on Thursday evening inside the Cajundome.
Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) posted her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) registered her third game in double digits with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor and a pair of 3-pointers.
LaPresha Stanley (Rocklege, Fla./Rockledge) dished out a game-high four assists with nine points and three rebounds.
The difference was a Louisiana team hitting a season-high 14 3-pointers going 14-for-26 (53.8 percent). UL came into the game shooting just 30.6 percent from 3-point range on the season.
App would also commit 24 turnovers in the game, which led to 23 points for the hosts.
The Mountaineers had the Ragin' Cajuns right they wanted them, as they built their largest lead of the game, 43-35, with 3:54 left in the third frame. Plummer started a 6-0 spurt while the Apps were up 35-33. Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) was on the receiving end of a nice feed from Mathews before Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) drove for a midrange jumper to cap off the run.
But the Cajuns' 3-point shooting kept them in the game as they would hit two more in the final 3:31 to trim the deficit to one possession, 43-41, going into the last frame.
UL took a commanding lead in the fourth when Troi Swain started a 9-0 run in the first 5:30 of the frame. Plummer's layup would cut it to five (50-45), but it wouldn't be enough as the Cajuns scored the final 11 points to end the game.
Appalachian once again won three of the four quarters in the game but wasn't able to keep the momentum going. The Black and Gold posted a 32-24 rebounding edge including 12 offensive rebounds but scored just two second-chance points.
The Mountaineers will close out the weekend at UL Monroe on Saturday at 1 p.m. (ET).
Greg Gasparato has rejoined the Appalachian State football program's coaching staff as a defensive assistant, head coach Scott Satterfield announced Thursday.
Gasparato, 31, worked as a defensive graduate assistant at App State from 2013-14 and spent the last three seasons as the inside linebackers coach at FCS power Wofford. He also coordinated its special teams units.
"We are excited to welcome Greg back to App State," Satterfield said. "Greg is a man of high character with a great family. He's an extremely bright, young coach who will come in and fit perfectly with what we're trying to do on defense."
The Terriers won the Southern Conference, reached the FCS quarterfinals and finished 10-3 during a 2017 season in which they ranked 26th nationally in total defense. They were fifth in total defense, 11th in rushing defense and 22nd in passing defense during the 2016 season.
Gasparato fills a staff opening that was created by the departure of secondary coach and co-defensive coordinator Scot Sloan.
"My wife and I had a great experience our first time in Boone, and we are beyond thrilled for the opportunity to return to such a special place," Gasparato said. "I'm honored to join this staff and ready to get to work on the 2018 season."
Gasparato played safety at Wofford from 2005-08 and graduated in 2009 with a finance degree. He began his coaching career at Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, S.C., in 2010, coached defensive backs at Juniata (Pa.) College in 2011 and coached outside linebackers at Brevard College in 2012. He became a graduate assistant at Appalachian State during the same year in which Satterfield made his debut as the Mountaineers' head coach.
In his previous stop with the Mountaineers, Gasparato assisted with App State's linebackers while pursuing a master's degree in educational media. As a college player, he started two games during the 2007 season in which Wofford shared the Southern Conference championship with App State.
A native of State College, Pa., Gasparato has a brother, Mike, who played football at Penn State, and their late father, Nick, was a longtime college and high school coach who helped Penn State win the 1986 national championship. Nick also coached at South Carolina, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Michigan State and Temple.
Gasparato and his wife, Bria, have one son: Dominick. They are expecting their second child this June.
Appalachian State’s Forrest Przybysz has been named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Month for December.
Przybysz, a senior from Jefferson, Ga., had a 3-0 dual meet record at 174 pounds.
In an 18-14 victory at Ohio on Dec. 2, App State trailed 9-3 before Przybysz began a run of five straight wins with a 6-1 decision against Joe Terry. Przybysz earned a 10-4 decision against No. 5 NC State on Dec. 10, handing Daniel Bullard just his second loss of the season, and Przybysz claimed a 4-2 decision by sudden victory against 11th-ranked Yoanse Mejias of Oklahoma on Dec. 17.
That win via an overtime takedown helped propel Przybysz to No. 17 in the national rankings.
Heading into a SoCon matchup with Gardner-Webb on Jan. 10, Przybysz is 17-6 this season and 73-43 in his career.
Appalachian State softball first-year head coach Shelly Hoerner and staff have officially released the 2018 spring schedule. Their 56 games of the regular season include 30 games in North Carolina.
“I look forward to having a good mix in our 2018 schedule. It will be nice to play within our region most of the preseason. That will allow us to have some great family and alumni crowds,” Hoerner said.
App State will throw the first pitch of the season against Mercer University on their campus in Macon, Ga., on Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. The Mercer Tournament includes opponents Central Michigan, the University of Buffalo, Morehead State and Mercer. Following the Mercer Tournament, the Mountaineers will travel to Montgomery, Ala., to the campus of Alabama State from Feb. 16-18.
The Mountaineers continue play at UNC Greensboro in a tournament Feb. 23-25 before heading to Norfolk State March 5-6. A midweek double header against Tennessee Tech on March 3 will be the home opener for the Mountaineers in Boone, N.C.
“I feel our preseason schedule will help us prepare for the Sun Belt. We know we will have to bring our ‘A’ game every weekend in this conference. The quality of softball in the Sun Belt is only continuing to get better. As a whole, the conference is competing with some of the top conferences in the country and that excites me as a new coach in the Sun Belt. We want to play top competition and compete day in and day out,” Hoerner said.
Conference play will begin on March 10 against the UL Monroe Warhawks at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium in Boone, N.C. The rest of the home conference schedule includes Texas State (March 24-25), Troy (April 7-8), Georgia State (April 14-15) and Coastal Carolina (May 4-5).
The Mountaineers will travel to Sun Belt Conference opponents Louisiana (March 17-18), UT Arlington (March 30-31), South Alabama (April 21-22) and Georgia Southern (April 28-29) this season.
As far as non-conference midweek competitions, the Mountaineers face in-state rivals Western Carolina (March 14), UNC Greensboro (March 21), NC Central (April 11) and Gardner-Webb (April 25).
App State will compete for its first-ever spot in the Sun Belt Conference tournament that will take place May 9-12 at Louisiana in Lafayette, La.A